AAC Unveils New Methanol Containerships
- 28-Nov-2023 3:48 PM
- Journalist: Patricia Jose Perez
Arkona Allied Container (AAC), a collaborative chartering venture based in Germany, has officially initiated the construction of 10 definitive container vessels featuring the innovative 'Enviro Feeder' design. These vessels, designed for 45-foot shipping containers, boast low bunker consumption and are prepared for methanol usage. Moreover, they are equipped for future integration with shore power and CO2 capture technologies.
In a significant move in October 2023, Unifeeder Group entered into a long-term time-charter agreement for two newly designed methanol-capable container feeder vessels, including an option for an additional two vessels.
Adding to this momentum, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and Chinese developer Goldwind celebrated a groundbreaking milestone with the initiation of the first large-scale green methanol offtake agreement within the global shipping industry.
The decision to design the vessels for 45-foot shipping containers underscores the adaptability and versatility of the Enviro Feeder project. Such vessels play a crucial role in facilitating the efficient transport of goods in the ever-expanding global trade landscape.
Furthermore, AAC's forward-thinking approach is evident in the incorporation of methanol readiness in the vessel design. This not only aligns with the industry's growing interest in alternative fuels but also positions AAC as a pioneer in adopting environmentally friendly practices. The vessels are not only prepared for methanol usage but also poised to incorporate shore power and CO2 capture technologies in the near future, showcasing a commitment to continuous innovation and sustainability.
The collaborative efforts with shipowners, along with the involvement of reputable firms such as SMB Naval Architect and DNV, highlight the comprehensive approach taken in the development of the Enviro Feeder project. The synergy between different stakeholders ensures that the vessels are not only technologically advanced but also compliant with industry standards and regulations.
Unifeeder Group's long-term time-charter agreement for two methanol-capable container feeder vessels is a testament to the industry's growing interest in sustainable shipping solutions. The option for two additional vessels underlines the positive reception and confidence in the capabilities of these environmentally conscious vessels. This collaboration positions Unifeeder Group as an early adopter of methanol-capable vessels, aligning with the broader industry shift towards cleaner and greener energy sources.
In the wake of this, the collaboration between A.P. Moller – Maersk and Goldwind represents a significant step forward in promoting green methanol within the global shipping industry. The initiation of the first large-scale green methanol offtake agreement signifies a milestone in fostering environmentally responsible practices across the shipping value chain. This collaboration not only demonstrates the feasibility of green methanol but also sets a precedent for future agreements aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of maritime transportation.