A.P. Moller-Maersk has signed a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyards to construct a feeder ship with dual engine technology. This would enable the ship to sail on either methanol or very low traditional Sulphur fuel. Earlier in 17th February this year, being an industry first, Maersk declared its intentions to order such a vessel. The vessel is anticipated to be Danish-flagged.
Henriette Hallberg Thygesen (CEO, F & SB, A.P. Moller – Maersk) optimistically said, "This ground-breaking container vessel demonstrates that scalable solutions to shipping's pollution issue are already accessible today. It will provide us with significant expertise in managing the container boats of the future beginning in 2023, while also providing a full carbon neutral product to our numerous clients who rely on us to help them decarbonize their supply chains."
The freighter will serve as the Maersk subsidiary between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia, recognized as a Maersk Subsidiary-Sealand network, Europe on the Baltic shipping route. MAN Energy Solutions, in collaboration with Hyundai Engine, will develop the methanol propulsion configuration. They will also be looking into both main and auxiliary engines, jointly with Maersk and Hyundai Mipo. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will be the Classification Society.
"The development of this vessel is a major undertaking, but we have already made great progress in our collaboration with the yard and the producers to reach this point. While we are pioneering new solutions for our sector, we are using tried-and-true technology, and the cost savings from further scale are becoming evident.," added Ole Graa Jakobsen (HFT, A.P. Moller – Maersk).
Maersk's biggest customers, reportedly more than half, have set or in the mid-procedure of setting determined technology-enhanced or zero carbon emission goals for their supply chain. This adds to another vital effort by Maersk to aid the skyrocketing customer numbers calling for neutral carbon commodities.