DANISH shipping giant and one of the world’s largest shipping companies by fleet size, AP Moller Maersk, has stopped the purchase of container ships that are unable to totally eliminate carbon emissions, a top company official said, reports London’s S&P Global.
“Going forward, we will only order ships which have zero carbon emission capability,” managing director of the company’s Singapore arm, Rene Piil Pedersen said on the sidelines of the Marine Money conference held recently in Singapore.
This means that even though these new ships will have dual fuel engine capability and can use diesel when zero carbon emitting fuels are unavailable, this will only be opted as a last resort. “The diesel fuel [in new build ships] will only be a backup if availability of zero carbon fuels is not there,” Mr Pedersen said.
The halt in purchase does not include ships for which the order has already been placed, he said, but added that the company’s orderbook as a percentage of total fleet size is very small. Maersk is now focusing on innovative supply chain solutions, integrating inland services and logistics along with decarbonisation of ocean transportation, he said.