Nissan to name Maersk‘s third methanol-powered containership


Japanese automotive giant Nissan has been selected to name Maersk’s third methanol-powered containership.

Laura Maersk

The naming ceremony is scheduled to take place in Yokohama, Japan next month, as announced by Maersk on social media without disclosing further details.

When approached by WorldCargo News for a statement, a Maersk spokesperson confirmed that the vessel in question was the second 16,000 TEU methanol-enabled vessel, and the third methanol-fuelled vessel in the company’s fleet in total.

Maersk’s journey into methanol-powered vessels commenced with the delivery of its inaugural containership running on methanol, Laura Maersk, in 2023, marking a historic moment as the world’s first of its kind.

The feeder was followed by the delivery of the 16,000 TEU Ane Mærsk earlier this year.

In line with its ambitious decarbonization strategy, the company has placed orders for a total of 25 methanol-powered containerships.

Maersk has provided ocean services for Nissan for over a decade. The two companies joined hands in November 2023 in what they described as long-term partnership on sustainable, resilient, and competitive end-to-end logistics.

The collaboration is aimed at enhancing supply chain efficiencies, optimizing costs, and ensuring the timely delivery of Nissan’s exports.

As part of this venture, Maersk has been tasked with constructing and managing a dedicated warehousing and distribution facility for Nissan in Wuhan, China, strategically situated 2 kilometers from the Yangluo port area.

This location facilitates efficient transportation of cargo, linking Nissan’s production lines in central China with its domestic and global markets. The warehouse spans an indoor area of 3,000 square meters, with an additional 500 square meters for temporary expansion, complemented by an outdoor area of 1,000 square meters.

Maersk said at the time that tailored services, including inbound and outbound operations, inspections, quality assurance, and other value-added services, had been designed specifically for Nissan’s needs.

Nissan and Maersk have intensified their cooperation over the past three years across various domains, including logistics and services. Maersk said that the opening of a dedicated warehouse for Nissan in central China was a significant milestone in the company‘s integrator strategy within the automotive industry.

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