Maersk's methanol ships need more than all of Denmark's available output of renewable energy

Maersk's new fleet of methanol ships will require more green power than is currently available on an annual basis in Denmark, estimates energy company to Shippingwatch. Updated.

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It will take a major breakthrough on several fronts to get anywhere near what Maersk has proposed with its order for what is broadly deemed eight climate-neutral container vessels.

The ships, each of which will have a carrying capacity of 16,000 teu and will sail on green methanol, will require hitherto unseen volumes of renewable fuel – specifically, 360,000 tonnes of green methanol – to meet the goal of becoming climate neutral.

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