Astrid Maersk’s First Green Methanol Bunkering in China with SIPG

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Maersk Methanol Bunkering SIPG China

Maersk, a global leader in integrated container logistics, achieved a milestone as the large methanol-enabled vessel Astrid Maersk berthed at Yangshan port in Shanghai for the first green methanol bunkering, alongside simultaneous cargo operations in China. This historic first in China was made possible through a partnership with the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).

As Maersk celebrates its 100th anniversary of serving China’s foreign trade, the event not only underscores the company’s dedication to decarbonizing the maritime industry but also pays tribute to its long history of collaboration with partners and stakeholders in servicing Chinese international trade.

“For a century, Maersk’s commitment to facilitating global supply chains has been the driving force behind our active contribution to China’s foreign trade, with substantial investments in infrastructure, services, and people. As we continue to pioneer sustainable practices, the deployment of large methanol-enabled vessels in the Asia-Europe trade showcases not only our rich heritage but also marks the beginning of an exciting new era based on strong partnerships. For the energy transition to succeed, we need to move forward together, and we are working closely with dedicated partners like SIPG, customers, industry peers, and regulators to push the boundaries and make green ocean transport the preferred choice.” Said Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

This initiative also highlights Shanghai’s readiness and commitment to environmental leadership, setting a precedent for other ports in China and the world to follow suit.

“We are thrilled to partner with Maersk in our joint pursuit of the ambitious goal of decarbonization. Maersk and SIPG have responded to the new trend of the industries green and low carbon development and have conducted fruitful cooperation in this field. Today, the first green methanol bunkering with simultaneous operations for a large ocean-going vessel at Shanghai port marks a new milestone between the two parties. It will undoubtedly enhance the strength of the Shanghai port, establishing it as a major regional hub for green methanol fuel bunkering.” Said Jinshan Gu, Chairman of Shanghai International Port Group.

Since the first vessel call of “Sally Mærsk ” in Shanghai back in 1924, Maersk has been on an exceptional 100-year journey supporting trade in and out of China.

“We are delighted to bring Astrid Mærsk to Shanghai and mark the first green methanol bunkering in China. This signifies a remarkable proof point of vital green methanol infrastructure coming into place and underscores our focus on creating long-term value by seeking innovative solutions, fostering collaboration, and embracing adaptability to meet the evolving demands of society, customers, and employees. With sustainability at the forefront of our agenda, we are committed to leading the way in decarbonizing global logistics for a greener future.” Said Silvia Ding, Managing Director of Maersk Greater China.

Astrid Mærsk sailed from Yokohama, Japan to Shanghai after having its naming ceremony in early April. It is the second of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels, scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2025.

About Maersk

A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As a global leader in logistics services, the company operates in more than 130 countries and employs around 100,000 people. Maersk is aiming to reach net zero emissions by 2040 across the entire business with new technologies, new vessels, and green fuels.

Source A.P. Moller – Maersk