World’s first bio methanol ship
“Green methanol is our fuel of choice … because it is the only scalable solution that can meet the net-zero (carbon emissions) requirements,” Maersk chief executive Vincent Clerc said at the inauguration ceremony.
Three years ago, no container ships were able to sail on green methanol. Today, the world’s first container vessel sailing on green methanol docked in Copenhagen on its maiden voyage, proving to the world and the maritime industry that green shipping is not some distant dream.
The Laura will help reduce its CO2 emissions by 100 metric tons a day, compared to the same vessel running on fuel oil, Maersk said.
Built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and fitted with a dual-fuel engine, the Laura is a relatively small model that will be able to transport 2,136 20-foot (TEU) containers.
It will begin operating in the Baltic Sea in October, Maersk said.