Shipping Giant Unveils Designs for 8 Carbon Neutral Vessels

Maersk said the ships will be 350 meters long, 53.5 meters wide and will be very different from what has been seen before for any larger container ships.

Artist’s impression of one of Maersk’s new 16,000 TEU carbon neutral methanol containers.

Maersk presented the design of eight 16,000 TEU container ships powered by carbon-neutral methanol.

The shift to greener energy efficiency follows growing customer demand for sustainable supply chains.

Mission Green
Maersk said its ambition was to ensure new ships could serve its customers smarter while contributing to its carbon-neutral transport goals.

In a statement, the shipping giant said the designs for these eight 16,000 TEU container ships would enable a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency per container transported.

“In addition, the entire series is expected to save approximately one million tons of annual CO2 emissions, providing our customers with large-scale carbon-neutral shipping on sea trade.”

Last month, Maersk issued its first green bond to finance its first green methanol ships.

This 500 million euros (FJ$1,204.11m) the green bond falls under Maersk’s Green Finance Framework.

Ship design
Maersk said the ships will be 350 meters long, 53.5 meters wide and will look very different from what has been seen before for any larger container ships.

“Crew accommodation and deck will be located at the bow to allow for increased container capacity.

The funnel will be at the rear and only on one side of the ship, providing more space for cargo.

This separation between the accommodation and the funnel will also improve efficiency in port.

“Additionally, adequate hull strength was also a key parameter to protect, with the housing block normally functioning as a hull ‘stiffener’ when placed further aft.

“New arrangements for lifeboats and navigation lights had to be developed, as well as new cameras to support the captain’s view when navigating.”

Maersk says the ship’s design comes with an innovative dual-fuel engine configuration that can run on methanol and conventional low-sulphur fuel.

This would help the shipping company to make their ships complete a round trip, for example Asia-Europe, with green methanol.

The first vessel is expected to be operational in early 2024.

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