A.P. Moller-Maersk’s Green Methanol Vessel, Ane Maersk, Makes Landfall in Dubai

In a groundbreaking stride towards sustainable shipping practices, A.P. Moller-Maersk’s innovative vessel, Ane Maersk, has made its inaugural stop at the bustling port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This historic arrival marks a significant milestone in Maersk’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering a greener future for global maritime trade.

Ane Maersk, the first of its kind in Maersk’s fleet, is equipped with a cutting-edge dual-fuel engine capable of running on green methanol, a renewable fuel derived from sustainable sources. The vessel’s arrival underscores Maersk’s ambitious target of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2040, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change and promote environmental sustainability.

Serving the vital AE7 string, which links key ports across Asia and Europe, Ane Maersk embarked on its journey from Hamburg, Germany, traversing ports in Europe, the Mediterranean, and Gulf countries before docking at Jebel Ali. Following its cargo operations in Dubai, the vessel is set to continue its voyage to ports in China and Asia, further facilitating international trade and connectivity.

Christopher Cook, Managing Director of Maersk UAE, Oman, and Qatar, expressed his excitement about Ane Maersk’s arrival, highlighting its significance in Maersk’s quest to decarbonize ocean transportation. Cook emphasized the collaborative effort required from stakeholders across the industry, including customers, partners, regulators, and infrastructure providers, to drive the green transition forward effectively.

Welcoming Ane Maersk with pride and enthusiasm, Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director of DP World GCC, hailed the vessel as a beacon of sustainability, reflecting DP World’s own commitment to carbon reduction initiatives. Recognizing the pivotal role of collaboration in achieving net-zero emissions, Damithan reiterated DP World’s dedication to supporting the transition through innovative solutions and technology integration.

Jebel Ali Port, renowned as the largest port in the Middle East and the 10th busiest globally, serves as a vital trade hub, facilitating connectivity to over 180 shipping lines and reaching more than 3.5 billion consumers worldwide. The port’s strategic importance underscores its role as a catalyst for sustainable maritime practices and economic growth in the region.

Ane Maersk, boasting a state-of-the-art design crafted by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea, stands as a testament to innovation and efficiency in the shipping industry. With a length of 350 meters, a breadth of 53.5 meters, and a speed of 21 knots, the vessel boasts a container capacity of 16,592 TEU (twenty-feet-equivalent units), ensuring seamless cargo transport across global trade routes.

During its inaugural call at Jebel Ali, Ane Maersk hosted distinguished guests, including Danish Consul-General in the UAE, H.E. Joakim Larsen, DP World GCC CEO Abdulla Bin Damithan, along with Maersk’s esteemed customers and partners. The guests were treated to an immersive tour of the vessel, gaining insights into its modern engine technology and innovative design features.

As Ane Maersk heralds a new era of sustainable shipping, its maiden voyage symbolizes a collaborative endeavour towards a greener, more resilient maritime industry. With continued innovation and partnership, stakeholders aim to chart a course towards a carbon-neutral future, ensuring the preservation of our planet for generations to come.

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