Maersk has unveiled its brand new design for its next generation of green ships, which more closely resemble livestock carriers than boxships. Designed to sail on green methanol with 16,000 TEU of capacity, 350 m in length and a new look for container vessels, Maersk’s new series of eight ships will be manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2024.
Maersk claims that the design allows a 20% improved energy efficiency per transported container compared to the industry average for vessels in this size. Additionally, the entire series is expected to save around 1m tons of annual CO2 emissions, offering customers carbon-neutral transportation at scale on ocean trades.
The crew accommodation and bridge will be located at the bow to enable increased container capacity. New arrangements for lifeboats and navigational lights have been developed, plus new cameras to support the captain’s view when navigating. The funnel will be in the aft, and only on one side of the vessel, thereby providing further space for cargo. This separation between accommodation and funnel will improve efficiency when at port. The series, classed by ABS, comes with a dual-fuel engine setup that can operate on methanol and conventional low-sulphur fuel.
As well as the eight 16,000 TEU ships, Maersk also has a 2,000 TEU feeder vessel under construction, which will run on methanol too.