Ole Graa Jakobsen
At an event at the China Classification Society in Beijing, A.P. Moller-Maersk signed three separate cooperation framework agreements with the China Classification Society (CCS) to join hands with CCS on its decarbonisation journey. Mr. Jens Eskelund, Managing Director of Maersk China Limited signed the agreement with Mr. Sun Feng, CCS Vice President in witness of Mr. Thomas Østrup Møller, Danish Ambassador to China, and Mr. Mo Jianhui, CCS Chairman & President. Technological innovation projects The agreements mainly focus on scientific and technological innovation projects, life-cycle green fuel availability and infrastructure, as well as design for carbon-neutral vessels. Both parties will invite research institutes to establish a joint force for the project. "China and Denmark are natural partners as we are global leaders in the maritime industry. Maritime decarbonization can only be achieved successfully through strong international collaboration and exchange of knowledge. I wish CCS and Mærsk a very fruitful cooperation and look forward to hearing more about the progress and results achieved," said Thomas Østrup Møller, Danish Ambassador to China. Zero-carbon shipping We are very pleased to join hands with CCS to collaborate on carbon-neutral technologies" "Maersk has set a clear and ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. China, as a globally leading maritime and shipbuilding nation, will be a crucial partner towards ensuring that our industry will be able to respond effectively to the climate change challenge. We are very pleased to join hands with CCS to collaborate on carbon-neutral technologies and standards and explore the opportunities for international cooperation within sustainable and zero-carbon shipping," said Jens Eskelund, Managing Director of Maersk China Limited. "Maersk and CCS already have an established partnership. The extension of cooperation to research of green fuels and vessel development is adding a new and exciting dimension to our partnership. By leveraging CCS’ research capabilities, we believe we will have access to a broader range of high-quality resources to enable our journey towards a zero-carbon future," said Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Maersk fleet technology. Carbon-neutral methanol Decarbonisation is a strategic imperative for the shipping industry and for Maersk. The company is accelerating efforts to decarbonize marine operations, most recently with the order of 8 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon-neutral methanol. The first vessel will be introduced in the first quarter of 2024. "Maersk is already a front runner in energy efficiency and decarbonisation. By joining hands with Maersk, I believe we can develop the right set of standards, rules, and technical solutions for the benefit of the whole industry. We believe that open-minded discussions and trusted partnerships are key to make that happen, which will also contribute to China’s ambition of realizing the pledge of reaching peak emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060," said Mo Jianhui, Chairman and President of China Classification Society. The agreements will be valid for an initial of two years.
A.P. Moller - Maersk. and Hyundai Mipo Dockyards have agreed on a contract for Hyundai Mipo to build a feeder vessel with a dual-engine technology enabling it to sail on either methanol or traditional very low Sulphur fuel. Maersk announced the intention to order the vessel, an industry first, on 17 February 2021. It will fly the Danish flag. Shipping Emissions “This groundbreaking container vessel shows that scalable solutions to properly solve shipping’s emissions challenge are available already today. From 2023 it will give us valuable experience in operating the container vessels of the future while offering a truly carbon neutral product for our many customers who look to us for help to decarbonise their supply chains,” says Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller - Maersk. Feeder vessel highlights Maersk supports the rising number of customers calling for carbon-neutral products The feeder will be 172 meters long and will sail in the network of Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia. The methanol propulsion configuration for the vessel will be developed by MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery (main engine) and Himsen (aux engine) in collaboration with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk. The classification society will be the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Working with advanced technologies ”Developing this vessel is a significant challenge, but we have already come a long way in our work with the yard and the makers to reach this milestone. While we are pioneering these solutions for our industry, we are working with well-proven technologies and the cost potential from further scaling is becoming very clear to us,” says Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology, A.P. Moller - Maersk. Zero carbon targets More than half of Maersk’s largest customers have set – or are in the process of setting – ambitious science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains, making the order another important step in the Maersk efforts to support the rising number of customers calling for carbon-neutral products.