By Ian Kiptoo

Global maritime logistics company Maersk is set to receive the first ever fully ammonia fueled vessel built in South Korea by the Hyundai Dockyard Co. and Hyundai Heavy industries Co.

The news comes days after the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 80) met in London to deliver strategies for the shipping industry. Key among the strategies being zero or near zero fuel sources anticipated for implementation in 2030.

In a statement on their website, Maersk reiterated that introduction of the container vessel is a significant step towards realizing its commitment to becoming carbon neutral. The company further acknowledged that the occasion marked the beginning of a new era in shipping, as they minimize greenhouse gas emissions, creating a greener future.

The official handing over ceremony is set to take place in Copenhagen, presided by the European Commission president, Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen.

The company is making huge strides in the sector ordering the construction of six new alternative fuel vessels. These 9,000 TEU vessels will have double engines; one running on petroleum fuel and the other running on green methanol.

The projected delivery period is set for the year 2026 and 2027 from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group.

Seafarers aboard the ship will have first hand experience running an methanol fueled ship during the 21,500 Km voyage from Ulsan South Korea, to the Copenhagen.

Dutch methanol producer, OCI Global has signed a deal with Maersk to provide green methanol for the maiden trip.

In light of these advancements in the maritime industry, the question still remains how fast can  African countries adapt  to these changes in the industry?

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