Maersk Unveils “Astrid Mærsk”: Second Methanol-Enabled Vessel

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  • In Yokohama, Japan, Maersk celebrated the naming ceremony of its second large methanol-enabled container vessel, “Astrid Mærsk.”
  • Mrs. Liza Uchida, spouse of Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida, served as the vessel’s godmother.
  • This event marks a significant step in Maersk’s commitment to decarbonizing ocean transport, with “Astrid Mærsk” being part of a series of 18 methanol-enabled vessels scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2025.

Commitment to Green Transportation

Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, emphasized the importance of collaborative action to enable green supply chains and accelerate the shipping industry’s transition to net-zero emissions. Maersk’s partnership with dedicated customers like Nissan, along with industry peers and suppliers, plays a crucial role in achieving these ambitious decarbonization goals. Clerc also stressed the necessity of global regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to level the playing field between fossil and green fuels.

Building Partnerships for Sustainable Growth

Yokohama holds a special significance for Maersk, with a century-long history of collaboration with partners and stakeholders in the city. Toru Nishiyama, Managing Director of Maersk Northeast Asia, highlighted the enduring relationship with Yokohama and Japan, emphasizing the community’s support as Maersk advances its “All the Way to Zero” journey. Maersk’s collaborative approach with the City of Yokohama focuses on developing a green methanol bunkering infrastructure, reinforcing its commitment to emission reduction and eco-friendly practices in the maritime sector.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Maersk has set science-based net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2040 and established ambitious near-term goals for 2030. The company plans to equip 25 container vessels with dual-fuel engines capable of using green methanol. “Astrid Mærsk” joins vessels like “Laura Mærsk” and “Ane Mærsk” in Maersk’s green fuel-powered fleet, demonstrating its dedication to environmental stewardship and innovation in the maritime industry.

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Source: Maersk