WILHELMSEN’S zero-emissions shipping company Topeka has ordered two carbon neutral, methanol-fuelled 1300-TEU containerships, together with partners MPC Container Ships and MPC Capital.
The vessels are to be delivered in 2024 and will immediately move into long-term contracts with North Sea Container Line.
The two ships are to replace three of NCL’s current diesel-powered vessels, which will be phased out of operations.
Technical management will be done by Wilhelmsen Ahrenkiel Ship Management.
The two new vessels will run on methanol, which Topeka regards as the best solution in this case. The vessels will carry cargo along the Norwegian coast and onward to the European continent. With green methanol, the two vessels will offer a carbon-neutral route for cargo from Norway to the European market.