Maersk, City Of Yokohama, And Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Collaborate On Green Methanol Bunkering Development

A.P. Moller-Maersk has signed an agreement with the City of Yokohama and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop green methanol bunkering infrastructure in Yokohama. This collaboration is part of Maersk’s ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, emphasising outfitting its 25 container ships with dual-fuel engines running green methanol. The successful implementation of this plan depends on the global establishment of a port bunkering infrastructure for methanol.

Yokohama noted for its leadership in building green shipping corridors in Japan, is collaborating with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, a pioneer in domestic methanol manufacturing. The Port of Yokohama, which the City of Yokohama manages, is an essential player in maritime transportation and aspires to lead the development of the industry.

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Since 1859, Yokohama has been a crucial entrance to Japan and Asia, boasting Japan’s deepest water dock. The city is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and has held the record for the most foreign ships docking in Japan for nearly 60 years. Yokohama hopes to invite like-minded companies to join the collaboration to increase green methanol usage.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, a major player in Japan’s methanol production since 1952, accounts for more than half of the country’s methanol supply. By establishing methanol as a ship fuel supply base, the company hopes to promote international marine trade while contributing to Japan’s carbon neutrality.

The partnership will look into operational viability and establish the necessary port infrastructure for green methanol bunkering at the Yokohama Port. The partners hope to spur innovation, improve safety, and accelerate the implementation of environment-friendly methanol solutions in Japan’s maritime industry.

Reference: Maersk

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