Germany’s Briese and Denmark’s Maersk shared details of their ongoing newbuilding programmes. The former said that its inaugural next-generation newbuild has been launched at the Dayang Offshore shipyard.

Briese Chartering stated that the open-top 9,000 dwt vessel, Eco Titan, was successfully launched in China. It is the is the first of 10 new vessels of this type on order. The ship is due to be fitted out ahead of sea trials.

Moreover, Briese Chartering’s next multipurpose vessel, BBC Odessa, was launched a few days ago. This ship should join the fleet following sea trials.

Maersk, meanwhile, placed an order for six methanol-powered container vessels. The mid-sized units all have dual-fuel engines that are capable of operating on green methanol.

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group will build the six 9,000 teu vessels, which will be delivered in 2026 and 2027. “With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net-zero in 2040. As with all our other vessel orders for the last two years, these ships will be able to run on green methanol,” said Rabab Boulos, chief infrastructure officer at Maersk.

Maersk now has 25 methanol-enabled ships on order. “For these six container vessels, we have chosen a design and vessel size which make them very flexible from a deployment point of view. This will allow these vessels to fill many functions in both our current and our future network, thereby offering the flexibility our customers demand. Once phased in, they will replace existing capacity in our fleet,” Rabab Boulos added.

HLPFI’s Ships and Shipping Lines supplement, which was published alongside our May/June 2023 issue, details the various trends witnessed in both the multipurpose and container sectors, and is available to view now.

A rendering of Maersk's methanol-powered newbuilding

A rendering of Maersk’s methanol-powered newbuilding.