Danish carrier Maersk has released images of its upcoming 2,000 teu dual-fuel ship, which is capable of running on either VLSFO or methanol. The ship is set for delivery this year from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will likely be deployed in the Baltic.

Ola Jakobsen, head of fleet technology at Maersk, expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the project, stating, “We have now completed all key design-related milestones, and production is progressing at full speed with delivery expected during summer.”

Maersk also has a series of 16,000 teu methanol dual-fuelled ships being constructed in South Korea. Other shipping companies are also beginning to turn to methanol as their preferred alternative fuel, including those in the dry bulk, tanker, and cruise industries. MAN Energy Solutions, a major engine supplier for this type of propulsion, noted that methanol has become an increasingly popular fuel choice, accounting for over 30% of all its current, open pipeline projects across a range of vessel segments.

According to class society DNV, methanol was the second most popular alternative fuel choice for newbuild orders last year after LNG, with 35 ships ordered, and the total count has now surpassed 100.

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