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Maersk unveils design details of methanol-fuelled 16,000teu class

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Danish container ship operator has revealed some of the details of its new 16,000teu methanol-fuelled box ships ordered at Hyundai Heavy Industries.

According to Maersk, the design is unique to the industry and allows a 20% improved energy efficiency per transported container, when comparing to the industry average for vessels in this size. Additionally, the entire series is expected to save around one million tonnes of annual CO2 emissions, offering our customers carbon-neutral transportation at scale on ocean trades.

The vessels will be 350m long, 53.5m wide and will look significantly different from what has been seen before for any large container vessels. The crew accommodation and bridge will be located at the bow to enable increased container capacity. The funnel will be at the port side aft quarter of the vessel, thereby providing further space for cargo. This separation between accommodation and funnel will also improve efficiency when at the port as all 22 stacks (21 on the port side) will be presented with no superstructure between first and last.

Maersk says the making of this took nearly five years, and all while crossing uncharted naval design territory. To enable this new design, several challenges had to be addressed. Firstly, crew comfort had to be ensured with the accommodation placed in this more exposed location. Moreover, adequate hull strength was also a key parameter to safeguard, with the accommodation block normally working as a hull “stiffener” when placed further aft. New arrangements for lifeboats and navigational lights had to be developed, plus new cameras to support navigators’ view when navigating.

The series, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, comes with an innovative dual-fuel engine setup that can operate on methanol and conventional low-sulphur fuel. With 16,000m3 of tank capacity for green methanol, the vessels will be able to complete an entire round-trip, for example Asia-Europe, on green methanol. Engine and fuel tanks will be located in the hull under stacks 17 and 18.

The first vessel is scheduled to be in operation at the beginning of 2024. We look forward to getting these vessels across the world’s oceans and continuing our work in creating new solutions to improve the efficiency of our customers’ future supply chain.

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