Kawasaki’s landmark hydrogen carrier heads to Australia

The world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier left Japan on Friday to pick up its first cargo in Australia in a project that has been delayed this year by Covid-19.

Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), which is in charge of the project, is looking at building more ships to carry this ultra-chilled substance.

The world’s first LH2 carrier, the Suiso Frontier, built by KHI, carries  cargo cooled to –253°C; at this temperature, hydrogen is at atmospheric pressure and occupies just 1/800 of its original vapour volume. Suiso Frontier has one, 1,250 cu m vacuum-insulated, Type C storage tank with KHI now working on creating larger designs.

The hydrogen has been produced by a prototype brown coal gasification facility at Port of Hastings in Victoria, South Australia.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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