The world's first methanol-powered container ship was delivered!
After nearly two years of waiting, the world's first methanol-powered container ship has finally arrived.
On July 10, the Danish shipping giant Maersk announced on social media that it has received this "future-leading" container ship at Hyundai Mipo Shipyard in South Korea. "The addition of this container ship is an important step in our commitment to carbon neutrality, and marks the beginning of a new era for the shipping industry, where together we can minimize greenhouse gas emissions and create a greener future."
It is reported that the ship is about to start its maiden voyage to Copenhagen and is expected to arrive in September. The current president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will then be the godmother of the ship, naming the ship in a ceremony on September 14. After being officially put into operation, the ship will go to the regular route of the Baltic Sea for operation.
It is understood that the world's first methanol-powered container ship with a container capacity of 2100TEU was placed by Maersk at Hyundai Mipo Shipyard in South Korea in July 2021, and it was successfully launched in April this year. Excluding the delivered ship, Maersk currently holds 24 methanol-powered newbuilding orders. Up to now, the global methanol dual-fuel ship orders have exceeded 100.
As the first shipping company to bet on "methanol" as an alternative energy source, Maersk has been busy selecting partners for the fleet's green methanol supply. At the earliest, the fuel scheduled by the company for the world's first methanol-powered container ship will be provided by an electric methanol production plant established by REintegrate, a subsidiary of European Energy, in Denmark. However, due to the unsmooth commissioning process, it can only choose other supplies at this stage. business.
In mid-June, Maersk announced that it had reached an agreement with fuel supplier OCI Global on the supply of green methanol to provide fuel for the delivery voyage of the company's world's first methanol-powered container ship.
According to the agreement, OCI Global will provide Maersk with ISCC-certified green bio-methanol for the ship's maiden voyage to Northern Europe via the Suez Canal this summer. The ship will refuel at several major ports along the way, including the port of Rotterdam.