Maersk unveils first container vessel that moves using green methanol

Shipping company Maersk has unveiled its first container vessel that runs on green methanol. This could be considered a landmark moment for one of the world’s most polluting industries. Shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions. This amount is comparable to major polluting countries. Shipping firms like Evergreen have ordered similar vessels, though their carbon neutrality targets are less ambitious than Maersk’s.

Maersk’s new container ship features include:

  • The presence of two engines with one moved by traditional fuels and another run with green methanol
  • Green methanol as an alternative component which uses biomass or captured carbon and hydrogen from renewable power
  • The new vessel would emit 100 tons of carbon dioxide fewer per day compared to diesel-based ships

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