First methanol containership Laura Maersk named

The name of the 2,100 teu container feeder vessel was revealed by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at ceremony in the Port of Copenhagen on Thursday. Maersk Chair Robert Uggla and CEO Vincent Clerc also attended the ceremony.

“Laura Maersk is a historic milestone for shipping across the globe. It shows the entrepreneurial spirit that has characterised Maersk since the founding of the company,” said Clerc.

When Captain Peter Maersk Moller bought his first steamship in 1886 the vessel was named Laura Maersk.

“However, more importantly this vessel is a very real proof point that when we as an industry unite through determined efforts and partnerships, a tangible and optimistic path toward a sustainable future emerges. This new green vessel is the breakthrough we needed, but we still have a long way to go before we make it all the way to zero,” Clerc added.

The naming ceremony next to Maersk’s HQ in Copenhagen followed a delivery voyage from South Korea on which the Laura Maersk undertook methanol bunkering operations in Korea, Singapore, and Europe.

Maersk has been the forerunner in ordering methanol-powered container tonnage and has 24 such vessels due for delivery between 2024 and 2027.

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