Maersk appoints executive to work on future fuels

Container major Maersk has appointed a new head of future fuels. She has been found internally and will work under the group's new decarbonization team to explore alternative fuels for the fleet.

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Maersk has appointed a head of future fuels.

Her name is Maria Strandesen, and she will now head a team that will map the possibilities for alternative fuels going forward.

In a post on Linkedin, Strandesen writes that the new team will "identify, explore and evaluate carbon neutral fuels suitable for our fleet of appr. 750 vessels." She will work under the group's new head of decarbonization, Morten Bo Christiansen.

Strandesen switches from a position as senior innovation portfolio manager at Maersk, where she has served since August 2019.

Maersk is currently working on four types of future fuels: ammonia, methanol, biodiesel and lignin, which can be produced using biomass such as rice, wrote Maersk in its annual sustainability report earlier in February.

However, several large barriers continue to block the way for the four fuels identified by Maersk.

"The main limitation to developing net zero emission vessels is availability of new fuels at scale," writes Maersk in the report.

Maersk's climate goal is to become climate-neutral by 2050, and this is, to a great extent, meant to happen by way of the new fuel types.

(This article was provided by our sister media, ShippingWatch)

English Edit: Jonas Sahl Jørgensen

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