Liquefied hydrogen bunkering vessel design

Feb 01 2019

Moss Maritime, Wilhelmsen, Equinor and DNV GL have co-operated in a project to design the world’s first liquefied hydrogen bunkering vessel.

This project, sponsored by Innovation Norway, was launched with the objective to clarify challenges and find solutions for storage and handling of this demanding cargo and fuel on a vessel.

“Moss Maritime has utilised its long-standing experience from design of Moss LNG carriers in the development of the LH2 bunker vessel, where liquefied hydrogen at a temperature of -253 deg C will offer advantages over pressurised hydrogen gas in relation to transportation costs. We are ready to support the ship industry in implementing solutions for liquefied hydrogen for future projects,”said Tor Skogan, Moss Maritime Vice President LNG.

The LH2 bunker vessel design has cargo capacity of 9,000 cu m, with a cargo containment system designed to maximise insulation performance and meet the most stringent safety requirements. The vessel has been developed to provide liquefied hydrogen bunkering services to commercial shipping, in addition to sea transport of the gas.

“Equinor believes hydrogen may represent an attractive energy solution for the sectors that are hard to decarbonise and currently outside the scope of renewable solutions like batteries. Long haul maritime shipping is one of these and an important milestone has been passed by introducing a logistical solution for transport of liquefied hydrogen by the sea,” explained Steinar Eikaas, Equinor’s vice president for low carbon solutions.

Håkon Lenz, vice president Europe and Americas at Wilhelmsen Ship Management, added: “We see hydrogen as a possible fuel for the future. The commercial feasibility of such a vessel is depending on the overall hydrogen market development.

“Once market signals show that there is a need for big scale liquefied hydrogen, we and our partners are ready to take this design to the next level. By initiating and participating in this project we prepare ourselves for meeting the demand of our customers in the years to come, and Wilhelmsen will always seek opportunities in new technology to enable sustainable global trade,” he concluded.


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