Maersk’s Astrid Maersk Arrives in Koper, Slovenia: A Milestone in Sustainable Shipping


Maersk’s second large vessel powered by green methanol, Astrid Maersk, arrived in Koper, Slovenia on 16th June. This marks a significant step in Maersk’s journey towards achieving Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Vessel Journey and Route:

  • Astrid Maersk operates on the AE12 string connecting Asia and Europe.
  • The vessel arrived in Koper from Port Said, Egypt.
  • Future destinations include Trieste (Italy), Tangier (Morocco), and Singapore.

Significance of Arrival:

  • The arrival of Astrid Maersk in Koper was celebrated as a key milestone.
  • The vessel underscores Maersk’s commitment to decarbonizing ocean transportation.

Statements from Leaders:

  • Ivić Vodopija, Country Manager for East Adriatic and Central Europe at Maersk:
    • Highlighted the collaborative effort required for decarbonization.
    • Emphasized the partnership with Port of Koper in achieving sustainability goals.
  • Gregor Belič, Member of the Management Board at Port of Koper:
    • Stressed the port’s commitment to sustainability and energy independence.
    • Announced the electrification of quaysides by 2029, enabling cargo ships to connect to shore electricity.

Port of Koper’s Role and Mission:

  • A multipurpose port handling various types of cargo.
  • Achieved a total throughput of 22.3 million tons in 2023.
  • Aims to provide reliable, high-quality port services aligned with sustainable development.
  • Plans to increase infrastructure capacity and introduce smart port concepts over the next five years.

Astrid Maersk’s Innovative Features:

  • Equipped with a dual-fuel engine capable of running on green methanol.
  • Part of an 18-vessel series with an industry-first design placing the bridge and accommodation at the front.
  • The design allows for more cargo capacity and reduced consumption per container.

Maersk’s Commitment to Sustainability:

  • Defines green fuels as having at least 65% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels.
  • Aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 through new technologies, vessels, and green fuels.
  • Operates in over 130 countries, employing around 100,000 people.

The arrival of Astrid Maersk in Koper is a testament to Maersk’s dedication to sustainability and innovation in ocean transportation. This collaborative effort with partners like Port of Koper marks a significant step towards a greener future.

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Source: Maersk