Dual fuel feeder vessel will be delivered by mid 2023.
A.P. Moller – Maersk has announced a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for a 2100 TEU feeder vessel with a dual engine technology enabling it to sail on either methanol or traditional very low sulphur fuel.
In February Maersk said it intended to fast forward its plan for a Methanol-powered vessel and it has now placed a firm order.
“This ground-breaking container vessel shows that scalable solutions to properly solve shipping’s emissions challenge are available already today. From 2023 it will give us valuable experience in operating the container vessels of the future while offering a truly carbon neutral product for our many customers who look to us for help to decarbonize their supply chains,” said Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
The feeder vessel will be 172m long and will sail in the network of Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia.
Last month it was reported that Maersk has signed an LoI with Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering for three methanol-powered 3,500 TEU feeder vessels.
The methanol propulsion configuration for the 2,100 TEU vessel will be developed by MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery (main engine) and Himsen (aux engine) in collaboration with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk. Classification society will be American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The vessel will sail under the Danish flag.
”Developing this vessel is a significant challenge, but we have already come a long way in our work with the yard and the makers to reach this milestone. While we are pioneering these solutions for our industry, we are working with well-proven technologies and the cost potential from further scaling is becoming very clear to us,” said Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
Maersk notes that more than half of its largest customers “have set – or are in the process of setting – ambitious science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains”. Maersk executives have previously said that these customers are increasingly willing to pay a premium for low carbon services.