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Ship Giant Maersk Bids Farewell to New, Fossil-Fuel Only Ships

Shipping At The Port of Felixstowe Ltd. As U.K. Brings In Law May Shut Ports
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A century after the global shipping fleet ran largely on coal, the world’s largest shipping line is taking a historic step toward not using fossil fuels for propulsion.

All newly constructed vessels owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk will have to be able to use carbon-neutral fuels, such as clean methanol and ammonia, as well as traditional oil-based products, the company said in a statement. The shift comes just three months after the industry’s main regulator set new decarbonization rules that were criticized for their lack of ambition.