Jan 26, 2024 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

The first large methanol-enabled container vessel has been named ‘Ane Mærsk’ at a ceremony in the shipyard of HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HD HHI) in Ulsan, South Korea.

Ane Mærsk is the first of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels, that will be delivered between 2024 and 2025. It is the world’s second methanol-enabled container vessel, following feeder ship Laura Maersk. In 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 innovative design with the bridge and accommodation placed at the front of the vessel, which ensures fuel efficient operations.

Vincent Clerc, CEO A.P. Moller-Maersk said: “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.”

The vessel is named after Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the Chair of the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding. Ane Mærsk will begin her maiden voyage on green methanol and Maersk continues to work on 2024-2025 sourcing and bunkering solutions for its methanol-enabled vessel fleet.

Image: ‘Ane Maersk’ naming (credit: Maersk)

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