Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) on Wednesday (5 October) said it has signed a contract with A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk), the world’s largest shipping company, to build six 17,000 TEU-class methanol-powered super-large container ships in a KRW 1.62 trillion (USD 1.15 billion) newbuilding order.
The vessels, powered by methanol dual fuel propulsion engines, will be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan and delivered to ship owners sequentially by 2025.
Methanol is attracting attention as a next-generation eco-friendly fuel because it can significantly reduce emissions of pollutants such as sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and greenhouse gases compared to conventional marine oil, according to KSOE.
If all 19 methanol-propelled ships ordered by Maersk from KSOE are delivered and operated, about 2.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced per year.
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Photo credit: Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering
Published: 7 October, 2022
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