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To attain eco-sustainability milestone 7 years ahead of schedule
Fast-tracked by advances in technology and increasing customer demand for sustainable supply chains, A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates efforts to decarbonise marine operations with the launch of the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel in 2023 - seven years ahead of the initial 2030 ambition.
All future Maersk owned new buildings will have dual fuel technology installed, enabling either carbon neutral operations or operation on standard very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).
Søren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk said: “A.P. Moller - Maersk’s ambition is to lead the way in decarbonising global logistics.
"Our customers expect us to help them decarbonise their global supply chains, and we are embracing the challenge, working on solving the practical, technical and safety challenges inherent in the carbon neutral fuels we need in the future."
Around half of Maersk’s 200 largest customers have set – or are in the process of setting – ambitious science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains, and the figure is on the rise.
Maersk’s methanol feeder vessel will have a capacity of around 2000 TEU and be deployed in one of its intra-regional networks.
While the vessel will be able to operate on standard VLSFO, the plan is to operate the vessel on carbon neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol from day one.
Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller - Maersk said: “It will be a significant challenge to source an adequate supply of carbon neutral methanol within our timeline to pioneer this technology.
"Our success relies on customers embracing this groundbreaking product and strengthened collaboration with fuel manufacturers, technology partners and developers to ramp up production fast enough."
Both the methanol-fueled feeder vessel and the decision to install dual fuel engines on future newbuildings are part of Maersk’s ongoing fleet replacement. CAPEX implications are included in the current guidance.
Søren Skou CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk
Methanol (e-methanol and bio-methanol), alcohol-lignin blends and ammonia remain the primary fuel candidates for the future.
Significantly, a key collaboration partner in achieving this milestone is the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, an independent, non-profit research and development center that works across sectors to accelerate the development and implementation of new energy systems and technologies.