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Maersk to operate the world’s first carbon-neutral container vessels by 2023

The company’s 200 largest customers are betting on their ambitious zero carbon targets for their supply chains

Danish shipping major Maersk aims to operate the world’s first carbon-neutral container vessels as it will order a 2,000 teu feeder vessel soon. Furthermore, the company will also install dual-fuel technology in its newly owned buildings.

It is reported that half of the company’s 200 largest customers are betting on their ambitious zero carbon targets for their supply chains. It is reported that the vessel will likely be deployed in Europe, operating on VLSFO as the plan is to operate the vessel on bio-methanol from day one.

The new developments to deploy the vessel and install dual fuel engines on new buildings are part of the company’s current fleet replacement plan.

Soren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, told the media, “A.P. Moller – Maersk’s ambition is to lead the way in decarbonising global logistics. Our customers expect us to help them decarbonise their global supply chains, and we are embracing the challenge, working on solving the practical, technical and safety challenges inherent in the carbon neutral fuels we need in the future. Our ambition to have a carbon neutral fleet by 2050 was a moonshot when we announced in 2018. Today we see it as a challenging, yet achievable target to reach.”

The company has entered into a climate coalition Transform to Net Zero with Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks, Mercedez-Benz and Danone. The development expects to deliver guidance and business plans in order to achieve carbon neutrality in different sectors.

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