Koreans set about developing liquefied hydrogen tanks

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), the holding company of shipyard giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, has detailed plans to develop liquefied hydrogen tanks for ships alongside steel maker POSCO.

Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) and liquefied hydrogen tank maker Hylium Industries will also participate in the project to develop the tanks, KSOE said.

By the end of the year, the participants will manufacture a small prototype with a view then to build larger tanks, one of the key stumbling blocks in the nascent liquid hydrogen seaborne trades.

Last October, KSOE won approval for the design of a commercial liquefied hydrogen carrier from the Korean Register of Shipping (KR).

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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