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First methanol-powered vessel now on North Europe weekly service

On 18 May, a new feeder service started calling regularly at the Port of Gothenburg in Sweden with the world's first container ship powered by green methanol, Laura Maersk, operating the service sailing between the Port of Gothenburg and Bremerhaven, Germany.

“Already today, many of the customers importing and exporting via Gothenburg have chosen lower-emission ocean transport enabled by green fuels* and thereby reduced the greenhouse gas footprint in their supply chain. With the arrival of Laura Maersk on a weekly basis, we are now connecting Gothenburg to a green corridor in Northern Europe and giving Swedish-based customers direct access to the World’s first methanol-enabled container vessel,” stated Birna Ödefors, Area Managing Director Nordics at A.P. Moller Maersk.

Laura Maersk is the first vessel in Maersk's major initiative to use renewable methanol as a ship fuel. The Danich ocean carrier has an additional 20+ methanol-powered ships on order for delivery between 2024 and 2027.

"Laura Maersk is a true sustainable shipping mile stone and it is exciting to see her in service here at the Port of Gothenburg. Fundamentally, it's the increasingly ambitious transition goals of shipping companies that drive the development, with Maersk being one of the leading players in the field today," said Jacob Minnhagen, Senior Market Development Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

In addition to Bremerhaven and Gothenburg, the new service calls at the ports in Helsingborg (Sweden), Halmstad (Sweden), and Kalundborg (Denmark).

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