Maersk calls on battery makers for help

Maersk has put out a call to battery makers around the world, suggesting this could be one of the other technologies it pursues to cut its carbon footprint.

A containerised 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial onboard the 4,500 teu Maersk Cape Town next month with Maersk, the world’s largest container carrier, stating in a release today: “We have an interest in working with [battery] suppliers to grow these possibilities as the technology matures.”

“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving towards further electrification of its fleet and port terminals. Maersk will continue to facilitate, test, and develop low-carbon solutions on our journey to become carbon neutral by 2050,” said Søren Toft, Maersk COO.

The containerised battery energy storage system has been manufactured in Odense, Denmark by the system integrator and turnkey supplier Trident Maritime Systems. The battery system will be shortly transported to Singapore for installation.

In its bid to lead shipping towards decarbonisation, Maersk revealed last month it has identified three fuels to focus on, namely alcohol, biogas and ammonia.

Eleven months ago, Maersk became the first liner to pledge total decarbonisation by 2050.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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