Maersk Group has entered into a strategic partnership with renewable energy firm REintegrate to secure an annual supply of around 10,000 tonnes of ‘green’ e-methanol. The e-methanol will be used as bunker for Maersk’s first carbon-neutral container vessel, which is scheduled for delivery in 2023.
The amount of carbon oxides that ‘green’ e-methanol emits into the atmosphere when combusted matches the amount of CO2 chemically bound when the fuel is synthesized. It is, therefore, carbon neutral as long as the electricity used to create it is from ‘green’ sources.
This is an initial small trial project. Maersk and its partners will need to significantly scale up e-methanol production to secure ‘green’ bunker for large next-generation container ship newbuilds.
This week, Maersk has also placed orders with Hyundai Heavy Industries for eight 16,000 TEU container ships with MDO-methanol dual-fuel propulsion, scheduled for delivery in 2024.
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