Norwegian ship design firm Moss Maritime, in cooperation with Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV GL, has introduced a design for a liquefied hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel.
The project, sponsored by Innovation Norway, has been launched with the objective to pinpoint challenges and find solutions for the storage and handling of this cargo and fuel on a vessel.
The vessel has a cargo capacity of 9,000 cu m and a cargo containment system designed to maximise insulation performance and meet stringent safety requirements. The vessel has been developed to provide liquefied hydrogen bunkering services to merchant ships, in addition to open sea transport.
“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,” said Tor Skogan, vice president LNG of Moss Maritime.
“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,” commented Håkon Lenz, Wilhelmsen Ship Management’s vice president for Europe and Americas.