Maersk writes off hydrogen as fuel for containerships in the short-term

As of right now, hydrogen does not look like a contender for the fuel of the future for container ships, says Maersk. Instead, it will make more sense to use hydrogen to make methanol and ammonia, head of fleet technology tells ShippingWatch.

As it looks right now, hydrogen will not fill the tanks aboard Maersk's container ships. Photo: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The shipping industry is searching high and low for a fuel that can make ocean transport greener, but it is not going to be hydrogen that replaces the traditional bunker oil aboard Maersk's container vessels anytime soon.

Right now, hydrogen takes up so much physical space that the vessels would not be able to fit as many containers on board, says the shipping line's head of fleet technology. Therefore, Maersk is currently writting off hydrogen as a solution for its deep sea vessels.

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