Maersk and Hong Lam Marine have successfully conducted the world’s first ship-to-containership methanol bunkering operation of a Maersk’s container vessel on 27 Jul 2023 at the Raffles Reserved Anchorage in Singapore.
s MPA informs, Maersk’s container vessel – the world’s first container vessel sailing on green methanol – was successfully refuelled with approximately 300 metric tonnes of bio-methanol via Hong Lam Marine’s Singapore-registered tanker, MT Agility, for its onward maiden passage to Copenhagen.
The bunkering operation was conducted with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), government agencies and research institutes.
This journey is an important step in our efforts to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, as it will allow us to gain the necessary operational experience to operate the new engines and the fuel
… said Morten Bo Christensen, Head of Energy Transition at A.P. Moller – Maersk
This remarkable achievement marks a milestone and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, and we believe this will be a significant step in accelerating the development of methanol bunkering in Singapore.
… added Lim Teck Cheng, Executive Chairman, Hong Lam Marine
Additionally, Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, MPA, stated that his operation will help inform the development of the various standards, including the Technical Reference for methanol bunkering operations in Singapore, and guide the approach for future pilots and trials of new marine fuels.
This vessel and her successors now on order are a vital step in creating more sustainable global supply chains.
… agreed Panos Koutsourakis, Vice President, Global Sustainability
Furthermore, Takuya Shirai, the Chief Operating Officer of Mobility Business Unit II of Mitsui & Co. Ltd., also stated that the bunkering operation represents a remarkable milestone to the journey towards the decarbonisation of global shipping.
We are very proud to be the vessel’s fuel partner, making the world’s first green methanol-fuelled container ship journey a reality.
… said Bashir Lebada, Chief Executive Officer, OCI Methanol / OCI HyFuels