Ocean carriers are actively exploring and testing alternative fuel options to power their vessels.
In a case of “everything old is new again,” Hapag-Lloyd and ONE are testing wind propulsion units on their container ships. The sails would assist the engines and under ideal circumstances provide full power.
Maersk and Evergreen have ordered ships powered by green methanol, which uses biomass or captured carbon and hydrogen from renewable energy.
CMA-CGM is all-in on liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ships. They have nine 23,000 TEU dual-powered LNG ships on order, one of which is already in service.
Then there is China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) who recently unveiled plans for a 24,000 TEU nuclear-powered ship.