Hyundai Mipo Dockyards and A.P. Moller – Maersk have agreed to develop a feeder vessel with a dual-engine technology that allows it to sail on either methanol or traditional extremely low Sulphur fuel. On February 17, 2021, Maersk confirmed its plan to order the first in the sector. The Danish flag will be flown on it.

The feeder will be 172 meters long and will operate on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia for Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary. In conjunction with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk, MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery (main engine) and Himsen (aux engine) will create the vessel’s methanol propulsion configuration. The American Bureau of Shipping will be the classification society (ABS).

”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,” says Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology A.P. Moller – Maersk.

World fist container vessel operated on carbon neutral fuels Credit: Maersk

More than half of Maersk’s largest clients have established – or are in the process of setting – aggressive science-based or zero-carbon targets for their supply chains, making the order a key step in Maersk’s efforts to meet the growing demand for carbon-neutral products.

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