Maersk builds green container ships

A completely new design will reduce the discharge of CO2 from the future container ships of Maersk Line by up to 22 per cent.

The new design will be tested on a series of 16 container ships that Maersk Line is building in South Korea. “We want A.P. Moller-Maersk to be leading in the development of a more environment friendly shipping. That is why we are seizing the moment, now that the Asian shipyards are in need of orders and therefore are willing to go far to fulfil the wishes of shipping companies, to put considerable focus on initiative, which can reduce fuel expenditure and thereby reduce CO2 discharge”, says Bo Cerup-Simonsen, vice president of Maersk Maritime Techonology at A.P. Moller-Maersk’s technical organisation, to
The additional cost of the new 16 ships is approx. 15 pct. more compared to a standard container ship of 7.450 TEU.The 16 container ships, which from the beginning of 2010 will sail Maersk’s container services South America – Europe and South America – Asia, make their fuel savings from a series of small initiatives on different parts of the ship.

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