World’s Second Largest Methanol-Enabled Container Ship Christened In Japan

Astrid Maersk
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Maersk, a major container shipping firm, commemorated a key milestone by christening its second large methanol-enabled vessel, “Astrid Maersk”, in Yokohama, Japan.

The ship was christened in front of distinguished visitors and members of the public at the naming ceremony at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal.

Mrs. Liza Uchida, the wife of Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida, was chosen as the vessel’s godmother.

“Astrid Maersk” is part of Maersk’s ambitious plan to add 18 massive methanol-powered vessels to its fleet by 2025. Maersk’s goal of attaining net-zero emissions aligns with this class of ships, which are built to run on green methanol.

Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk, emphasised the importance of collaborative efforts in driving the transition to sustainable shipping. He highlighted the critical role of dedicated customers like Nissan, industry peers, and regulatory bodies such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Maersk has a century-long history with Yokohama, dating back to the first vessel to call at the Port.

Toru Nishiyama, managing director of Maersk Northeast Asia, highlighted the long-term collaboration with Yokohama and Japan, recognising the Japanese community’s vital support for Maersk’s commitment to sustainability.

Maersk’s dedication to sustainability spans beyond vessel deployment.

The corporation has set ambitious targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions, including enhancing 25 container ships with dual-fuel engines that run on green methanol.

Two notable examples are the big 16,000 TEU container vessel “Ane Mårsk” and the feeder vessel “Laura Maersk,” which are already used on different trade routes.

Maersk’s collaborative approach with the City of Yokohama demonstrates its commitment to creating green methanol bunkering infrastructure, reinforces its commitment to lowering emissions, and encourages environmentally friendly practices in the shipping sector.

Overall, the naming ceremony for “Astrid Maersk” is a significant step forward in Maersk’s journey to sustainable shipping. It shows the company’s dedication to environmental responsibility and stakeholder engagement to achieve positive change in the maritime industry.

Reference: Maersk

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