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The global shipping titan Maersk has unveiled the world's inaugural vessel utilizing eco-friendly methanol



The global shipping titan Maersk has unveiled the world's inaugural vessel utilizing eco-friendly methanol

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On Thursday, Maersk presented its first container ship powered by green methanol, marking a significant milestone in one of the world’s most environmentally damaging industries

The newly commissioned container ship, ordered in 2021, boasts two engines: one fueled by traditional sources, while the other runs on green methanol—a sustainable component derived from biomass, captured carbon, and hydrogen from renewable sources. In practical terms, this innovative vessel emits 100 tons less of carbon dioxide daily compared to diesel-powered ships.

“It’s a truly symbolic day for our transition to sustainable energy, as it becomes a tangible reality, something we can actually demonstrate—not just a matter of commitments and hard work but something visible to everyone”, stated Vincent Clerc, Maersk’s CEO, during an interview with CNBC.

“This is the first step for us, but it’s also the first step for the entire industry. This ship was only ordered in 2021, and it was truly pioneering in its kind. Today, just a few years later, we have 125 ships ordered by various companies that are adopting the same technology and energy transition. Thus, this vessel sets a trend for the entire industry”, Clerc added.

While other shipping companies like Evergreen have ordered similar vessels, their carbon neutrality goals are less ambitious than those of Maersk.

Shipping contributes roughly 3% of global carbon emissions, a figure on par with some major polluting nations. Nevertheless, the decarbonization of the shipping sector has proven to be a formidable challenge.

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