Rotterdam, Netherlands – In a landmark moment for the maritime industry’s green transition, Maersk’s cutting-edge methanol-powered feeder container ship, provisionally identified as the “Laura Maersk,” has arrived in Europe. The vessel, which is yet to receive its official name, is set to be celebrated in a prestigious naming ceremony in Copenhagen on September 14th, presided over by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
This remarkable achievement follows the ship’s handover to Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller–Maersk from its South Korean shipyard in July. After an essential refueling stop in Rotterdam, the vessel embarked on its journey to Denmark’s capital city.
The Laura Maersk, boasting dual-fuel capabilities, represents a significant leap forward in sustainable shipping. A.P. Moller–Maersk Head of Energy Transition, Morten Bo Christiansen, emphasized the historical significance of this maiden voyage, stating, “We are very proud to have achieved this significant milestone. We expect a diverse green fuel mix for the future, with green bio-methanol from biomass waste being available now.”
While the vessel’s official name remains unconfirmed by Maersk, AIS trackers currently identify it as the Laura Maersk, as it patiently awaits its momentous naming ceremony off the port of Skagen in northern Denmark.
Maersk’s commitment to eco-friendly maritime solutions extends beyond this groundbreaking vessel. The company has entered into several methanol production contracts with global firms, including Shanghai International Port Group and OCI Global, demonstrating a dedication to sustainable energy sources.
The Rotterdam refueling pitstop marked the fourth and final reloading phase during the ship’s remarkable voyage from Ulsan, South Korea, via Singapore and Port Saïd, Egypt, en route to its destination in Copenhagen.
The arrival of the Laura Maersk in Europe reinforces Maersk’s position as a pioneer in the transition toward greener shipping. With an order book for more than 100 methanol and other ‘green’ fuel-powered ships, including six additional orders placed in June, Maersk is poised to reshape the maritime industry’s landscape with sustainable, innovative solutions.
Source: Ship Technology