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Evergreen backs X-Press green methanol feeder network

X-Press Feeders An X-Press Feeders dual fuel vessel on sea trials seen from directly above
Evergreen Marine has signed a memorandum of agreement with X-Press Feeders to place Evergreen containers on new X-Press dual fuel methanol vessels in Europe.

X-Press plans to run its new vessels on green methanol within Europe. The company has a contract for the supply of ISCC-EU certified bio-methanol, a renewable fuel created from organic waste matter and residues, from Dutch fuel supplier OCI Global, . 

Starting in the second quarter of 2024, the first feeder ships will initially be deployed from Rotterdam with calls covering ports in the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia; coverage will extend through Europe and the Mediterranean as the 14 dual fuel ships X-Press Feeders has on order are delivered from Q2 2024 through 2026.

The companies said the they will work to establish Europe’s first green methanol powered feeder network, and that the agreement was a significant statement of leadership towards a sustainable green future.

“We are pioneering the use of dual-fuel vessels and we decided to take delivery of our vessels sooner, rather than later, because we know we need to take significant steps today to meet the targets for reductions in GHG emissions,” said Francis Goh, X-Press Feeders’ COO.

“Our two companies are encouraging port operators, fuel suppliers, logistics companies, freight-forwarders and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), etc to join us on the path to more sustainable shipping. By working together, step by step, we can achieve so much more.”