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Maersk in short-term green methanol deal with Equinor

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Maersk has inked an agreement with Equinor to supply green methanol for its first methanol-powered containership ahead of a plant coming onstream in Denmark.

Equinor will supply green methanol to the Danish shipping line from September 2023 when the 2,100 teu vessel goes into service and the first half 2024. The agreement bridges a gap until long supply from an e-methanol plant in Southern Denmark operated by European Energy comes on stream.

Equinor will supply green methanol through its production plant at Tjeldbergodden with bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam.

The world’s first methanol-powered containership for Maersk will be named in Copenhagen later this month after which will operate of a Northern Europe – Baltic loop.

For its delivery voyage between South Korea and Denmark the vessel was supplied with green methanol by OCI Global in multiple bunkering operations.

“It is critical to get energy majors to the table and start supplying future fuels at scale. This is the form of engagement we need to continue accelerating the pioneering journey towards a green fuel economy for global shipping. With more than 100 methanol enabled vessels on order across the industry, the demand for green fuel production is rising and will continue to do so in the years to come,” said Rabab Boulos, Chief Infrastructure Officer at AP Moller - Maersk.

Maersk has been a forerunner in bringing methanol as a fuel into container shipping and has further 24 methanol dual-fuel containerships on order.