Norway’s Ulstein Group has introduced a hydrogen-powered construction support ship design which it claims to be market-ready now.
The company said the Ulstein SX190 Zero Emission ship design aims to reduce the environmental footprint of offshore projects.
“The maritime industry needs to align and be ambitious in bringing green solutions forward for a sustainable future. With this hydrogen-fuelled vessel, we aim for future zero-emission operations of long endurance,” said Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO of Ulstein Group.
The design is based on Ulstein’s existing SX190 vessel platform and has a total installed power of 7.5 mw, of which 2 mw is generated by a fuel cell power system, typically Nedstack Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells.
“Ulstein is constantly looking to improve marine operations and to reduce the environmental footprint of the vessels we deliver to the market,” said Ko Stroo, product manager at Ulstein Design & Solutions. “Implementing fuel cell technology in a workhorse like the SX190 CSV design is one of the steps we take to move the marine industry into a more sustainable future,” Stroo added.
Sea trials of a newbuild Ulstein SX190 Zero Emission could happen as soon as 2022.