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Maersk CEO demands to phase out all fossil fuelled ships

The company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 80 000 people

Maersk CEO demands to phase out all fossil fuelled ships

Copenhagen, September 15 - Neftegaz.RU. CEO of the world’s biggest container shipping company Maersk, Soren Skou, is seeking a green revolution in the shipping industry and calls for a ban on oil-fueled vessels.
In October 2019 the Danish company identified 3 fuels to focus on in its decarbonisation drive, namely renewable methanol, biogas and ammonia.

Soren Skou commented:
  • The European Commission is proposing to end production of combustion engine cars in 2035
  • The IMO should do the same for fossil fuelled ships with ambitious targets and measures to decarbonise shipping
  • Combined, a global carbon tax and an end for fossil fuelled ships would be a strong signal to the shipping ecosystem – including yards and producers – about which way the wind is blowing
  • We need to accelerate efforts to meeting global emission reduction targets
Maersk has already committed to only buying ships capable of running on carbon-neutral fuels from now on.

Just a few weeks ago, Maersk ordered 8 large ships that can run on green methanol.
Container ships should be ready for use by 2024.
Each has a capacity of around 16,000 containers and would then make up a good 3% of the fleet.

With the South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries, Maersk also secured a contract option for 4 more bio-methanol-powered container ships starting in 2025.
According to the shipping company, the new ships can reduce annual CO2 emissions by around 1 million tons.

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