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Maersk Names Second Methanol-Enabled Vessel “Astrid Mærsk” in Yokohama, Japan

In a momentous ceremony held today in Yokohama, Japan, Maersk proudly christened its second large methanol-enabled container vessel as “Astrid Mærsk.” This event marks a significant milestone in Maersk’s commitment to sustainable shipping practices and decarbonization efforts. The vessel was christened by Mrs. Liza Uchida, spouse of Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida, emphasizing collaborative efforts across industries in achieving environmental goals.

“Astrid Mærsk” is part of Maersk’s initiative to introduce 18 large methanol-enabled vessels to its fleet between 2024 and 2025. This fleet series is poised to play a pivotal role in realizing Maersk’s net-zero targets while assisting customers in their decarbonization endeavors. Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, highlighted the significance of collective action from stakeholders, including customers, industry peers, and regulatory bodies like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in fostering a sustainable maritime future.

The naming ceremony, held at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama city, provided an opportunity for public engagement, allowing audiences to witness the vessel’s inauguration firsthand. Yokohama holds historical significance for Maersk, symbolizing a century-long partnership with Japan. Toru Nishiyama, Managing Director of Maersk Northeast Asia, expressed gratitude for the enduring support from the Japanese community as Maersk embarks on its journey towards carbon neutrality.

Maersk’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond symbolic gestures. The company has set ambitious targets, including a science-based net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal for 2040. To achieve significant progress, Maersk plans to equip 25 container vessels with dual-fuel engines capable of operating on green methanol. This strategic approach aligns with the deployment of vessels like “Laura Mærsk” and “Ane Mærsk,” which are already making waves in sustainable shipping practices.

Collaborating closely with the City of Yokohama, Maersk is actively involved in developing a green methanol bunkering infrastructure, further cementing its dedication to emission reduction and eco-friendly initiatives within the maritime sector. By fostering partnerships and embracing innovative solutions, Maersk continues to lead the way towards a greener future for ocean transport.

Through initiatives like the introduction of “Astrid Mærsk” and ongoing efforts to implement sustainable practices, Maersk sets a precedent for environmental stewardship in the maritime industry. As the world navigates towards a more sustainable future, collaborations, innovation, and shared responsibility remain integral to achieving lasting change. With each vessel christening, Maersk reaffirms its commitment to environmental sustainability while driving positive impact across global supply chains.

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