Topeka, the zero-emissions shipping company owned by Wilhelmsen, launches two new constructions of carbon-neutral, methanol-fueled containers

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Benefiting from significantly reduced emissions, the two newly built vessels will replace three of North Sea Container Line’s (NCL) current diesel-powered vessels, which will be phased out of service.

Technical management will be provided by Wilhelmsen Ahrenkiel Ship Management, making it one of the first ship managers to gain experience and skills in using methanol as a fuel on container ships.


Using the best available technology, Topeka’s ambition is to decarbonize shipping. The two new vessels will run on methanol, considered the best solution in this case, carrying heavy loads along the Norwegian coast and to the European mainland, covering 3,000 nautical miles with 18,000 deadweight tonnes. With green methanol, both vessels offer a carbon-neutral logistics solution from Norway to the European market.

While methanol was selected as the best zero-emissions solution for this project, Topeka is also developing projects for cargo owners with other energy sources such as ammonia, pure hydrogen or batteries. For example, the Topeka project called “base-to-base” will use hydrogen and fuel cells.

Topeka is Wilhelmsen’s path to zero-emission transportation and supports the global marine group’s ongoing commitment to shaping the marine industry. This methanol project is an important step towards that goal, dramatically increasing green boating distances. For reference, 3,000 nautical miles is a standard crossing of the Atlantic between England and New York.
Source: Wilhelmsen Ship Management

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