Maersk has announced plans to test a containerised 600kWh marine battery system onboard the containership Maersk Cape Town to improve its power production.

As part of the trial, the system will be installed on the ship next month. It will test how it can improve the performance and reliability of the vessel while reducing CO₂ emissions.

Maersk COO Søren Toft said: “This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving towards further electrification of its fleet and port terminals.

“Maersk will continue to facilitate, test and develop low-carbon solutions on our journey to become carbon neutral by 2050.”

The company noted that marine battery systems can improve the efficiency of a vessel’s onboard electrical systems such as the generators on Maersk Cape Town.

The Singapore-flagged 249m-long Maersk Cape Town vessel features a waste heat recovery system that increases overall efficiency.

Maersk Fleet Technology leader Ole Graa said: “This exciting pilot, the first of its kind in the industry, will show the potential of battery technologies to keep improving the performance of our vessels while also reducing fuel consumption in our non-propulsion electrical systems.”

System integrator and turnkey supplier Trident Maritime Systems manufactured the containerised battery energy storage system. It will be transported to Singapore for installation onboard the Maersk Cape Town.

Constructed in 2011, the vessel sails between West Africa and East Asia. First full voyage of the ship equipped with the new battery system will take place next year.

The voyage will be monitored to assess system performance.

To ensure safety and compliance, Maersk also partnered with the vessel classification society American Bureau of Shipping.