Oct 13, 2022 | Ship classification news

ABS has announced that it will class the six latest large ocean-going, methanol-fuelled container vessels ordered by AP Moller-Maersk (Maersk).

The order takes the total of dual-fuel engine vessels that can sail on green methanol on order from Maersk to ABS class to 19. These 17,000-TEU vessels will be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries, scheduled for delivery in 2025. When all 19 vessels on order are deployed and have replaced older vessels they will, when operating on green methanol, generate annual CO2 emissions savings of around 2.3m tonnes.

Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, said: “Decarbonisation of shipping is a complex challenge with many moving parts. Green methanol is a promising fuel for the decarbonisation of our industry and these vessels are a vital step in creating more sustainable global supply chains. ABS is proud to be able to use its insight into methanol as a marine fuel to support Maersk.”

Palle Laursen, Maersk Chief Fleet & Technical Officer, said: “All vessels we currently have on order will be able to operate on green methanol, which we see as the best scalable green fuel solution for this decade. We look forward to build on the current momentum and continue the cooperation with ABS on our path to decarbonising our fleet.”

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