Technology group Wärtsilä and Global Energy Ventures (GEV), an Australia transport group, have been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) for a 430-tonne compressed hydrogen gas carrier.
The design has been developed for the shipment of green hydrogen, and compression has proved to be a simple and efficient means of transport, the companies said. The AiP, awarded by classification society ABS, is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the companies, signed earlier this year.
The handymax-sized vessel is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of green hydrogen projects. A propulsion system featuring dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines and two electric-drive, fixed-pitch propellers has been agreed by the partners. Martin Carolan, GEV managing director and CEO, said: “Marine storage and transport solutions are required for hydrogen to contribute to global decarbonisation ambitions. GEV views the compressed hydrogen ship as a means to provide efficient, safe, and cost-competitive regional marine transportation for hydrogen, and we thank Wärtsilä for its valuable support in making this project a success.”
Wärtsilä Marine Power’s Petteri Saares, sales director, commented: “The AiP represents an important milestone in bringing this concept to realisation. Our involvement allows us to further leverage our technology and experience in the development of future fuels to decarbonise ship operations. This is fully in line with our commitment and strategy to support our customers in achieving a sustainable and carbon-free future.”