World leading liner Maersk has announced a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
To achieve this goal, Maersk believes carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required.
Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer at A.P. Moller - Maersk, said: “The only possible way to achieve the so-much-needed decarbonisation in our industry is by fully transforming to new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains.”
Maersk is putting its efforts towards solving problems specific to maritime transport, as it calls for different solutions than automotive, rail and aviation.
The yet to come electric truck is expected to be able to carry max 2 TEU and is projected to run 800km per charging.
In comparison, a container vessel carrying thousands of TEU sailing from Panama to Rotterdam makes around 8,800 km, with short battery durability and no charging points along the route, innovative developments are imperative, the liner said.
Toft added: “The next 5-10 years are going to be crucial. We will invest significant resources for innovation and fleet technology to improve the technical and financial viability of decarbonised solutions.
“Over the last four years, we have invested around USD 1bn and engaged 50+ engineers each year in developing and deploying energy efficient solutions. Going forward we cannot do this alone.”
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