All the way to zero

Our journey to reach net zero by 2040 continues

A big welcome to Astrid Maersk

Our 2nd methanol-enabled vessel to join our ocean fleet. Named in a ceremony held today in Yokohama, Japan, it was christened by the vessel’s godmother Mrs. Liza Uchida, spouse of Nissan Motor Corporation CEO Makoto Uchida.

Astrid Mærsk is named after Astrid Uggla, grand-daughter of Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the chair of A.P. Møller Fonden and its investment company A.P. Moller Holding which is the majority owner of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Meet ASTRID MÆRSK – the newest member of the green fleet!
Maersk names second vessel of its large methanol-enabled fleet “Astrid Mærsk” in Yokohama, Japan, on Thursday 04 April 2024.

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Welcome to our fleet of the future

The latest addition to our fleet proves it is possible to sail a container vessel on green methanol. Our goal is to make this the standard for all newbuilt Maersk vessels in the future.
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The challenge

Every year 100,000 vessels powered by 300 million tonnes of fuel move 11 billion tonnes of goods around the world. This makes shipping accountable for around 1,076 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually – around 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The fuel pathway

Energy efficiency improvements will continue helping us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, supported by new, industry-level global and regional emission guidelines. But they will not take us all the way to our ambitious net zero target by 2040.

To get all the way to zero, we need to address our biggest source of emissions – the fuel that propels our vessels.

Explore how marine fuel contributes to our carbon footprint.

Green fuel is the gamechanger

To get all the way to net zero we need something new in the tank. And we need it right now.

To decarbonise global supply chains, we need to change the fuel that powers them . That’s why Maersk is committed to the principle of only ordering newbuilt vessels that can sail on green fuels.

Green methanol

Several alternative fuel pathways are available, but all have challenges in terms of suitability and technical maturity. To have a measurable impact as soon as possible, we are prioritising green methanol (e-methanol or bio-methanol) as the best solution for now.

We are working with fuel pioneers to accelerate and scale the production of e-methanol. Our partners include European Energy, a renewable energy company that is developing a new facility in Denmark to supply us with 16,000 tonnes of green methanol by 2024.

See how together we are accelerating the production of green methanol.

Introducing the world's first two-stroke methanol engine

Towering almost 10 metres high and exerting a monumental 10,320 kW of output - equivalent to 112 family cars - the MAN B&W ME-LGIM engine is propelling our decarbonisation ambitions closer to net zero.

Simple methanol handling, storage and bunkering, combined with relatively simple auxiliary systems, allows for near carbon-neutral propulsion when using green methanol.

Take a 3D tour of the engine that’s propelling us all the way.

Going further

Decarbonisation doesn't stop at the dock. We are rethinking every aspect of our business, from terminals to landside transportation, and from warehouses to last mile deliveries, to ensure the most energy efficient solutions for our costumers.

Reducing emissions on the last mile

Deploying our electric mini delivery vehicles in Delhi, India, brings us one step closer to building a true end-to-end carbon neutral supply chain.

Hit ‘play’ button to join the ride.

Decarbonising container terminals

The world’s container terminals handle around 80% of global trade by volume every year. They are also a significant contributor of greenhouse gas emissions due to their use of non-renewable electricity. Maersk's network of container terminals, owned and operated by APM Terminals, has committed to a 70% reduction in total emissions by 2030, and to be completely net zero by 2040. This is the port industry’s most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions target to date.

Ship on water carrying cargo containers.

All the way together

Going all the way to zero is a collaborative effort. That's why we are partnering with industry leaders and innovators to accelerate the change.
Logo of Equinor company, partner of Maersk

Green methanol producer

Equinor is a Norwegian multinational energy company primarily focused on the exploration, production, and distribution of energy resources.
Logo of Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) company, Partner of Maersk

Shipbuilder and heavy equipment manufacturer

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) is a South Korean shipbuilding company that specialises in the design, construction, and repair of a wide range of ships and maritime vessels.
Logo of OCI Global, partner of Maersk

Green methanol producer

OCI Global, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a global company focusing on the development of nitrogen, methanol, and hydrogen products to decarbonise energy-intensive industries.
Logo of MAN Energy Solutions, partner of Maersk

Marine engine and machinery producer

MAN Energy Solutions is a global leader based in Germany that provides innovative and sustainable solutions for the power generation, marine, and industrial sectors.
Logo of European Energy company, partner of Maersk

E-methanol producer

European Energy, a Danish based company developing green energy solutions, is building a new e-methanol production facility in Kassø, Denmark that will be operational in 2024.

Dual Fuel Engine Propels Green Methanol-Powered Vessels

The new vessels feature an innovative dual fuel engine, developed in collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions. When operating on green methanol, the engine offers low-carbon propulsion. Vessel design prioritises flexibility, enabling efficient performance across trades in line with our customer's needs.
A Maersk vessel with cargo containers and operating on green methanol.

Greener fleet facts

2030 ambition
25% of Maersk's container volume will be transported using green fuels by 2030.
Fuel
Green methanol (e-methanol or bio-methanol).
Fleet
25 dual fuel vessels on order ranging from 2000 TEU container capacity to 17,000 TEU.
Engine
MAN G50 or G95 dual fuel engine capable of running on green methanol or conventional fuel.
Delivery
Full fleet of green methanol powered vessels will be delivered and operational by 2027.
Greenhouse gas savings
CO2 emissions abatement will be about 3 million tonnes when all 25 vessels are deployed and older vessels are replaced.

With this vessel, we have taken an important step in our journey towards net zero emissions. Our hope is to show the way - not only for Maersk but for the entire logistics industry.

Vincent Clerc, CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk

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Vincent Clerc, CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk

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