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HMM Orders New Methanol-Fueled Vessels Worth $1.12 Billion

South Korean shipping company HMM announced that it has signed new shipbuilding contracts for nine 9,000-TEU container ships powered by methanol dual-fuel engines.

The move is being pursued as part of the shipping company major’s future growth strategy, which has earmarked $11.3 billion for future investments. These include the expansion of eco-friendly ships from the current total of 820,000 TEUs to a target total of 1.2 million TEUs by 2026.

During the World Leaders Summit of COP27 in November 2022, South Korea announced its desire to accelerate the decarbonization of the shipping industry through the early adoption of zero-emission fuels and relevant technologies.

The ships are scheduled to be deployed on the Asia-North America and Asia-Latin America trade lanes and the Asia-India routes, with expected delivery from 2025 to 2026. HMM said that the green shipping corridors between Busan in Korea and key ports in the U.S. are also one of the potential routes to operate the new ships.

With this move, HMM showed how serious they are on their goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its fleet by 2050.

Ethan Huang
Ethan Huang
Ethan is originally from China. He studied Computer Information Systems (CIS) at City Tech College in New York. Ethan has been working in the logistics industry since 2006. He joined MTS Logistics in December 2011, and is now one of our Import Operations Managers. Fun Fact: Ethan loves snowboarding, in fact he goes snowboarding various times each winter until the last bits of snow melt.

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