A.P. Møller-Mærsk has signed a shipbuilding contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyards for the construction of a feeder vessel that is capable of running on carbon neutral methanol.

The ship will be fitted with dual engine technology that will enable it to use either methanol or traditional very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

The feeder will be 172 m long and will sail under the Danish flag. Once delivered, which is expected mid-2023, it will be deployed by Mærsk subsidiary Sealand Europe on the Baltic shipping route between northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia.

Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, ceo of fleet and strategic brands at A.P. Møller-Mærsk, said: “This ground-breaking 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.”