Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured an order from AP Moller-Maersk (Maersk) for the delivery of six large ocean-going vessels.

Designed to operate on green methanol, the new vessels will have a nominal capacity of around 17,000 containers.

Expected to be delivered in 2025, the six 17,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels will operate under the Danish flag.

As part of Maersk’s ongoing fleet renewal programme, the six new vessels are anticipated to save around 800,000 tonnes of CO₂ emissions each year.

With the latest order included, Maersk has now ordered 19 vessels with dual-fuel engines that can run on green methanol.

Maersk will use the new vessels to replace older ships in its fleet.

Maersk’s target of achieving net-zero emissions across its business by 2040 includes attaining a 50% reduction in emissions per transported container in its fleet compared with 2020.

Maersk fleet and strategic brands CEO Henriette Hallberg Thygesen said: “Our customers are looking to us to decarbonise their supply chains, and these six vessels able to operate on green methanol will further accelerate the efforts to offer our customers climate-neutral transport.

“Global action is needed in this decade in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise.”

In August, Maersk signed a letter of intent (LOI) with bioenergy enterprise Debo to develop a bio-methanol project in China.

This bio-methanol project, which will be used by Maersk, will have a capacity of 200,000 tons per annum.