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Maersk and BMW to develop ship fuel from alcohol

Maersk and BMW will in collaboration with several partners develop a new ship fuel using ethanol. The announcement comes shortly after Maersk pointed out three fuel types that the group is betting on.

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Shipping companies Maersk and Wallenius Wilhelmsen join forces with major companies such as BMW Group, H&M and Levi Strauss Co. as well as the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, to develop a new type of ship fuel from ethanol and lignin.

The collaboration bears the name LEO Coalition, and Maersk Chief Operating Officer Søren Toft sees the initiative as a significant step in the shipping industry's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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