Impression of project “With Orca” – powered by Nature (Source: Norwegian Ship Design)

Egil Ulvan Rederi chosen to realise hydrogen-powered vessel project

Norwegian shipping company Egil Ulvan Rederi has won a contract to build and operate a new type of zero-emission cargo ship. The contract was awarded by Heidelberg Cement Norway and Norwegian agricultural cooperative Felleskjopet AGRI who aim to establish a sustainable transport system for their cargoes without emissions of greenhouse gases.

During 2021 the ship concept will be fully developed and optimised, aiming at ordering the vessel from a shipyard by the end of this year. The ship should enter operation in early 2024.

The 5,500dwt vessel will be about 88m long and will be powered by hydrogen and wind. Hydrogen is stored in compressed form onboard. Two rotor sails for wind-assisted propulsion are planned to be fitted. Highly efficient hull and propulsion solutions aim to reduce energy use. It will have a hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine with add-ons for increased efficiency. Many measures for energy efficiency will also be installed. There will be a significant content of Norwegian equipment.

The ship concept has been developed in cooperation with Norwegian marine architect and engineering company Norwegian Ship Design. The transport system involving the new ship type will combine the cargoes of the two companies, carrying aggregates along the Norwegian coast in one direction for cement production and grain in the opposite direction.

Through a tender process, supported by Norway’s Green Shipping Programme, Egil Ulvan Rederi has been selected to develop, build and operate the zero-emission cargo ship. Competition has been fierce, with 31 ship owners competing for the contract through a six-month long process. Egil Ulvan Rederi and Norwegian Ship Design have jointly presented technical solutions with the focus on energy efficiency and so reduced fuel costs, in several meetings with the cargo owners and classification society DNV. The ship concept has the project name “With Orca” – Powered by Nature, as a significant part of the energy required to operate the vessel will come from two large rotor sails. The vessel’s sailing route will mostly be in open waters in the North Sea, where wind conditions are good for wind-assisted propulsion. To counter drifting, the vessel will be equipped with a specially developed keel.

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