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MAN Energy Solutions to Supply MethanolFueled Engine for Maersk’s Carbon Neutral Feeder Ship

MAN Energy Solutions says it has won an order to supply the engine for the shipping industry’s first methanolfueled containership.

The ship, a 2,100 TEUcapacity feeder, is under development for industry giant Maersk and will be constructed at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. With delivery planned in 2023, the ship will be the first dualfuel, carbonneutral feeder to sail on green methanol.

“Maersk is displaying great leadership in adopting renewable methanol as part of its decarbonisation strategy – and well ahead of its initial 2030ambition,” said Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of TwoStroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions. “For our part, we are designing dualfuel technology that meets the growing customer demand for sustainable shipping chains and, here, our MELGIM engine plays an important role. It’s particularly pleasing to see it make its debut within the important container segment.”

Maersk announced in February its intention to operate the world’s first carbon neutral containership by 2023, seven years ahead of schedule based Maersk’s initial 2030 ambition and part of Maersk’s longterm goal of achieving a carbon neutral fleet by 2050. The new vessel is planned to fly the Danish flag and will be operated by Sealand Europe, a Maersk company, on a Baltic route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Botnia.

The ship will be equipped with a Tier IIIcompliant MAN B&W 6G50MELGIM (-Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) engine built in South Korea. Upon launch, the vessel will be the first methanolpowered ship that doesn’t carry methanol as cargo.

“Our other MELGIM references have proven methanol as a clean, efficient and safe, marine fuel that offers a clear path to decarbonisation through significant greenhousegas reductions, when produced from renewable energy sources. In general, as we move towards a zerocarbon future, MAN Energy Solutions’ dualfuel engine portfolio is well positioned to handle whatever alternative fuels the market brings,” added Foldager.

The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.

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