The 17,000 teu vessels are due to be delivered from 2025; Maersk now has 19 vessels on order under ABS class capable of running methanol in their dual-fuel engines.
Methanol offers a pathway to zero carbon operation by generating the fuel using renewable electricity, known as green methanol.
“Decarbonization of shipping is a complex challenge with many moving parts. Green methanol is a promising fuel for the decarbonisation of our industry and these vessels are a vital step in creating more sustainable global supply chains. ABS is proud to be able to use its insight into methanol as a marine fuel to support Maersk,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.
“All vessels we currently have on order will be able to operate on green methanol, which we see as the best scalable green fuel solution for this decade. We look forward to build on the current momentum and continue the cooperation with ABS on our path to decarbonizing our fleet,” said Palle Laursen, Chief Fleet & Technical Officer at Maersk.