Denmark’s AP Moller-Maersk is in discussions with container ship tonnage providers about LNG dual-fuelled vessels in what would be a new direction for the company, which has championed the use of methanol as a marine fuel.

Talk has been rife among bunker market players, brokers and newbuilding sector watchers for several days that Maersk is speaking with companies on a raft of what would be chartered-in LNG dual-fuelled newbuildings.