Maersk names the first vessel of its large methanol-enabled fleet “Ane Maersk.”

The world’s first large methanol-enabled container vessel was named “Ane Mærsk” at a ceremony in the HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HD HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The ship is named after Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the Chair of the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding. Ane’s eldest granddaughter served as godmother and christened the vessel by breaking a champagne bottle over the bow.

“Ane Mærsk” is the first of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels delivered between 2024 and 2025. It is the world’s second methanol-enabled container vessel. At the beginning of February, it will enter service on the AE7 string connecting Asia and Europe, marking a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to pioneering low-emissions shipping solutions. The vessels in the new series have an industry-first innovative design with the bridge and accommodation placed at the front of the ship, ensuring fuel-efficient operations.

“This series of vessels will have a transformative impact on our ambition to progress on our industry-leading climate ambitions. It is a visual and operational proof of our commitment to a more sustainable industry. With “Ane Mærsk” and her sister vessels, we are expanding our offer to the growing number of businesses aiming to reduce emissions from their supply chains,” says Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

“Ane Mærsk” will begin her maiden voyage on green1 methanol, and Maersk continues to work diligently on 2024-2025 sourcing and bunkering solutions for its methanol-enabled vessel fleet.

1 Maersk defines “green fuels” as fuels with low GHG emissions over their life cycle compared to fossil fuels. Different green fuels achieve different life cycle reductions depending on their production pathway. By ‘low’, we refer to fuels with 65-80% life cycle GHG reductions compared to fossil fuels. This covers, e.g., some biodiesels. “Very low” refers to fuels with 80-95% life cycle GHG reductions compared to fossil fuels.

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