Maersk secures green methanol for maiden voyage of first methanol-enabled container ship

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Maersk has successfully secured green methanol for the voyage of the world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel, a 2,100 TEU feeder boxship.

The Danish ocean carrier has signed a deal with Dutch producer OCI Global on the delivery of green bio-methanol for the journey.

The 21,500 km trip from Ulsan, South Korea to Copenhagen, Denmark will provide real operational experience for Maersk seafarers handling the new engines and using methanol as fuel, as the company prepares to receive a fleet of new, large ocean-going methanol-enabled ships from 2024.

To meet the 2040 target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions, Maersk aims to transport a minimum of 25% of ocean cargo using green fuels by 2030, compared to a 2020 baseline.

According to Maersk, OCI, certified by International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), produces its green methanol at a US-based facility by using captured biogas from decomposing organic waste in landfills. “This way, green methanol can be produced in existing facilities using existing infrastructure and plants enabling a quick production,” said the statement.

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