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AP Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has made an order for six mid-sized container vessels, all featuring dual-fuel engines that can operate using green methanol.

China-based Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group will build the six 9,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels, which will be delivered in 2026 and 2027.

In 2021, Maersk ordered the world’s first methanol-enabled container vessel following a commitment to the principle of only ordering newbuilt vessels that can sail on green fuels.

Just two years later, the global order book stands at more than 100 methanol-enabled vessels.

With the order of these six additional vessels, Maersk now has 25 methanol-powered vessels on order from various shipbuilders.

Maersk chief infrastructure officer Rabab Boulos said: “With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net zero in 2040. As with all our other vessel orders for the last two years, these ships will be able to run on green methanol.

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“For these six container vessels, we have chosen a design and vessel size which make them very flexible from a deployment point of view. This will allow these vessels to fill many functions in both our current and our future network, thereby offering the flexibility our customers’ demand. Once phased in, they will replace existing capacity in our fleet.”

Earlier this month, Maersk signed a deal with OCI to use its green methanol product for the maiden voyage of its world-first methanol-enabled container vessel.

The shipping giant has also been investing in infrastructure for methanol power, signing an agreement in March with Shanghai International Port Group to work together on green methanol bunkering.