A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, also known simply as Maersk, has accelerated efforts to decarbonise its 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 oper
He said: “[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.”
He continued, explaining that Maersk’s ambition to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2050 was a ‘moonshot’ when announced in 2018, but today the firm sees it as a challenging but achievable target.
Approximately half of Maersk’s customers have set zero-carbon targets for their supply chains, with more in the process of setting targets all the time.
Maersk’s methanol feeder vessel will have a capacity of around 2000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) and will be deployed in one of its intra-regional networks. The vessel will be able to operate on standard very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), however, the plan is to operate the vessel on carbon-neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol from day one.
The methanol-fuelled feeder vessel and the decision to install dual-fuel engines on future new buildings are both parts of Maersk’s ongoing fleet replacement.
It will require innovation, testing, and collaboration across multiple industry partners to achieve a carbon-neutral future, and Maersk is continuing to explore several carbon neutral pathways, and it expects multiple fuel solutions to exists alongside each other in the future.
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