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29 Dec 2023

First Methanol-Powered Ship Sails from Asia to Europe, Green Shipping Is Gaining Momentum

The Laura Maersk container [ship sailed from Singapore to Rotterdam](https://www.bbc.com/news/business-67690392?xtor=AL-72-%5Bpartner%5D-%5Bbbc.news.twitter%5D-%5Bheadline%5D-%5Bnews%5D-%5Bbizdev%5D-%5Bisapi%5D&at_medium=social&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_format=link&at_link_origin=BBCWorld&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_link_type=web_link&at_link_id=8F6618B2-9D39-11EE-8231-32D4E03B214A&at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_campaign_type=owned) on methanol fuel, emitting up to 65% fewer greenhouse gases. The green initiative follows the Clydebank Declaration, with countries like the UK committed to establishing green shipping corridors. Despite these efforts, only a fraction of ships run on or are ordered with alternative fuels, posing a challenge to shipbuilders and ports.