A hydrogen supply center selected for the first hydrogen cargo ship


Design concept for the world’s first hydrogen cargo ship (HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet)

Posted on June 24, 2021 at 4:18 PM by

The maritime executive

Details have been announced for the supply of green hydrogen to Norway for what will potentially be the world’s first hydrogen cargo ship. The partnership that developed the vessel selected the Norwegian state power utility, Statkraft, together with the power transmission company Skagerak Energi as the supplier of green hydrogen. This is seen as the first step in recently announced plans by the Norwegian government to establish hydrogen hubs to support the adoption of the alternative fuel for sea and land transport.

The designs for the zero-emission vessel, which will combine wind and hydrogen power, were unveiled in March 2021 in a competition organized by the Green Shipping Program, a public-private partnership for the development of environmentally friendly maritime transport projects. ‘environment. The self-loading bulk carrier designs call for a length of 289 feet with a dead weight of approximately 5,500 tons. The ship, which could enter service in early 2024, will be operated under a 15-year agreement with two of Norway’s leading industrial companies, Felleskjøpet and HeidelbergCement. Egil Ulvan Rederi will be the shipping company operating the bulk carrier transporting grain from eastern Norway to western Norway and rocks / gravel on its eastward voyages, powered by a combination of green hydrogen and of rotor sails.

After previewing the design concepts, the organizers said the project is entering a more detailed development phase where technical solutions will be developed and optimized. Among the projects, they announced via the Green Shipping Program a tender to supply green hydrogen for the project.

“In the process of creating the world’s first zero-emission bulk carrier, we are pleased to have signed with two strong partners, Statkraft and Skagerak Energi, as energy suppliers,” said Svenn Ivar Fure, CEO of Felleskjøpet Agri, and Knut Omreng, director of logistics, HeidelbergCement Northern Europe in a joint statement. “Their concept of producing hydrogen in western and eastern Norway gives us operational advantages when the ship is at sea, and the use of hydrogen gives us knowledge that can be transferred to other vessels and segments in the future. The Greenbulk project is undoubtedly revolutionary for the energy sector, and we look forward to working with them.

More than ten suppliers submitted proposals, with the green hydrogen delivery contract awarded to Statkraft and Skagerak Energi. The winning concept is to swap containers with compressed hydrogen. Depending on the companies, the solution is flexible and can be used for both transportation and other purposes.

“Statkraft is the largest producer of renewable energy in Europe, and the production of renewable hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels is in line with our strategic ambitions,” said Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Executive Vice President of Statkraft . “This contract is an important step in our efforts to make Statkraft one of the leading hydrogen producers in Norway and Sweden and fits well with the series of other initiatives we have on hydrogen for maritime transport and earthly.

The Norwegian government recently presented its hydrogen roadmap. The plan provides for the establishment of five hydrogen hubs within maritime transport which also accommodate the supply of land transport. According to the partners of this project, the establishment of hydrogen production for this freight route in the Oslofjord region can form the basis of the first hub and serve as a model for expanding the distribution of hydrogen.

Statkraft and Skagerak Energi will continue to work with the Green Shipping Program and DNV, HeidelbergCement, Felleskjøpet and the Ulvan shipping company with Norwegian Ship Design to detail the concept and choose the location for the installation. The plan is to be ready for an investment decision by summer 2022 to begin deliveries at the end of 2023.


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