New vessel design supports liquefied hydrogen bunkering

New vessel design supports liquefied hydrogen bunkering

Moss Maritime, Equinor, Wilhelmsen, and DNV-GL have developed a design for a liquefied hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel.

Large-scale use of hydrogen across both the land and maritime sectors will require specific vessels tailored to transporting and bunkering liquefied hydrogen. The project, sponsored by Innovation Norway, aims to clarify challenges and find solutions for storage and handling of hydrogen fuel on a vessel.

The LH2 bunker vessel has been designed to permit transport and bunkering of liquefied hydrogen to merchant ships and to open sea transport. The vessel has a cargo capacity of 9000 m³, with a cargo containment system designed to maximise insulation performance and meet the most stringent safety requirements.

Hydrogen represents an attractive energy solution for decarbonising shipping and meeting the IMO’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2050. Steinar Eikaas, VP, Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor describes the vessel design as an important milestone, providing a “logistical solution for transport of liquefied hydrogen by the sea.”

Tor Skogan, VP LNG, Moss Maritime, commented: “Moss Maritime has utilized 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 °C will offer advantages over pressurized hydrogen gas in relation to transportation costs. We are ready to support the ship industry in implementing solutions for liquefied hydrogen for future projects.”

Håkon Lenz, VP Europe and Americas of 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.”