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Maersk methanol orderbook hits 25 vessels

Maersk A rendering of a Maersk vessel at loaded with white containers
Maersk has ordered six 9,000 teu dual fuel methanol container vessels at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group.

All six of the vessels will have dual fuel methanol engines and will be delivered in 2026 and 2027. The vessels are intended to replace existing tonnage; Maersk says they will reduce GHG emissions by around 450,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year on a fuel lifecycle basis.

“For these six container vessels, we have chosen a design and vessel size which make them very flexible from a deployment point of view. This will allow these vessels to fill many functions in both our current and our future network, thereby offering the flexibility our customers demand. Once phased in, they will replace existing capacity in our fleet,” said Rabab Boulos, Chief Infrastructure Officer at Maersk.

Maersk ordered the methanol-fuelled vessel in 2021 and further orders have since cemented its commitment to green methanol as the company's choice of zero emission future fuel. The global orderbook for methanol-fuelled vessels now stands at over 100, said Maersk.

The company has also undertaken a retrofit programme with MAN Energy Services to enable dual-fuel methanol capabilities to some of its vessels.

The first methanol-fuelled vessel set to join the Maersk fleet later this summer is a 2,100 teu feeder vessel. Maersk recently announced it had secured green methanol for the first voyage of its first methanol-fuelled ship.

“With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net-zero in 2040. As with all our other vessel orders for the last two years, these ships will be able to run on green methanol,” said Boulos.