Maersk’s first methanol vessel named Laura Maersk

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Maersk’s first methanol vessel named Laura Maersk
At the christening of the Laura Maersk in the Port of Copenhagen on Sept 14 with the ship's godmother, EU Commission President Ursula von de Leyen (fifth from right). Photo from Maersk.
  • The world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel will carry the name Laura Maersk, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed at a Sept 14 ceremony in Copenhagen
  • Maersk has 24 additional methanol vessels on order for delivery between 2024 and 2027
  • It also has a policy to only order new, owned vessels that come with a green fuel option

The world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel will carry the name “Laura Maersk”, European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed at a ceremony in the Port of Copenhagen on Sept 14.

The name was revealed when the ship’s godmother, von der Leyen, christened the vessel by breaking a champagne bottle over the bow. Besides the godmother, Maersk Chair Robert Uggla and Maersk Chief Executive Officer Vincent Clerc also spoke at the ceremony.

“Laura Maersk is a historic milestone for shipping across the globe. It shows the entrepreneurial spirit that has characterized Maersk since the founding of the company. However, more importantly this vessel is a very realproof point that when we as an industry unite through determined efforts and partnerships, a tangible and optimistic path toward a sustainable future emerges. This new green vessel is the breakthrough we needed, but we still have a long way to go before we make it all the way to zero,” Clerc said in a statement.

When Captain Peter Maersk Moller bought his first steamship in 1886, he named her Laura, after a friend’s daughter. With its steam engine, Laura was a product of the second industrial revolution, making its impact on the shipping industry significant.

Furthermore, “Laura” was the first vessel to wear the white seven-pointed star on a light blue background. This symbol later would become the logo of A.P. Moller – Maersk.

“Like her ancestor, our new Laura Mærsk is marking the beginning of a new era for our industry,” Leonardo Sonzio, Head of Fleet Management and Technology, said. “By having a methanol-enabled engine, she is not only first of her kind – she also marks an important step on our journey towards net zero emissions in 2040. We are writing important history here, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting name for the vessel.”

Maersk has an ambitious 2040 target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions and aims to transport a minimum of 25% of ocean cargo using green fuels by 2030. The 2,100 TEU (twenty-foot-equivalent) feeder vessel is an important step toward the long-term objective of gradually renewing the entire Maersk fleet to operate solely on green fuels.

Maersk has 24 additional methanol vessels on order for delivery between 2024 and 2027 and a policy to only order new, owned vessels that come with a green fuel option.

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