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Shipping Giant Reveals Designs For 8 Carbon-Neutral Vessels

Maersk stated that the vessels will be 350 meters long, 53.5 meters wide and will look significantly different from what has been seen before for any larger container vessels.
15 Dec 2021 10:00
Shipping Giant Reveals Designs For 8 Carbon-Neutral Vessels
An artrist’s impression of one of Maersk’s new 16,000 TEU container carbon-neutral methanol vessels.

Maersk has introduced the design for eight 16,000 TEU container vessels powered by carbon-neutral methanol.

The move to greener energy efficiency follows an increase customer demand for sustainable supply chains.

 

Green Mission
Maersk announced that its ambition was to make sure the new vessels could service its customers in a smarter way while contributing to its carbon-neutral transportation goals.

In a statement, the shipping giant stated that the designs on these eight 16,000 TEU container vessel would allow a 20 percent improved energy efficiency per transported container.

“Additionally, the entire series is expected to save around one million tons of annual CO2 emissions, offering our customers carbon-neutral transportation at scale on ocean trades.”

 

Last month, Maersk had issued its first green bond to fund its first green methanol vessels.

This €500 million (FJ$1204.11M) green bond comes under the umbrella of Maersk´s Green Finance Framework.

 

Vessel Design
Maersk stated that the vessels will be 350 meters long, 53.5 meters wide and will look significantly different from what has been seen before for any larger container vessels.

“The crew accommodation and bridge will be located at the bow to enable increased container capacity.

The funnel will be in the aft, and only on one side of the vessel, thereby providing further space for cargo.

 

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

“Moreover, adequate hull strength was also a key parameter to safeguard, with the accommodation block normally working as a hull “stiffener” when placed further backwards.

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

 

Maersk states that the vessel design comes with an innovative dual-fuel engine setup that can operate on methanol and conventional low-sulphur fuel.

This would help the shipping company be able to have its vessels complete an entire round-trip, for example Asia-Europe, on green methanol.

The first vessel is scheduled to be in operation at the beginning of 2024.

 

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