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World’s first hydrogen-powered inland shipping barge “Antonie” receives LR approval

Vessel successfully underwent sea trials on 23 October during which it was inspected by Lloyd’s Register and received a provisional certificate to be put into service.

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World’s first hydrogen-powered inland shipping barge “Antonie” receives LR approval

Concordia Damen on Thursday (16 November) said the world’s first new-build hydrogen-powered inland shipping barge Antonie successfully underwent sea trials on 23 October.

During the trials, the ship was inspected by Lloyd's Register and received a provisional certificate to be put into service.

With the hydrogen containers expected to arrive by the end of this year and not installed on board yet, the firm said full attention could be given to testing the advanced diesel-electric propulsion system.

Bart van Driel, Project Manager at Concordia Damen, said: "The fuel cell will soon serve as an energy supplier for the battery packs after the installation of the distribution panel and the placement of the hydrogen containers. The fuel cell itself, which converts hydrogen into electricity, has already been installed on board.”

“Once the distribution panel is delivered, it is just a matter of sizing and manufacturing the final pieces of piping and adjusting the fuel cell installation itself. The diesel generator will then no longer be used, so the Antonie will sail completely emission-free.”

Pieter Baggerman, Naval Architect at Concordia Damen and closely involved in the ship design, said: “We look forward to the Antonie being able to sail her first fully emission-free miles before the end of the year.”

Photo credit: Concordia Damen
Published: 17 November, 2023

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Ports of Rotterdam and Shannon Foynes to develop European green fuels supply chain corridor

Ports will also potentially work together on market development in this new market and jointly find final off-takers for supplies from Ireland including maritime fuels sector.

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Ports of Rotterdam and Shannon Foynes to develop European green fuels supply chain corridor

Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, on Tuesday (30 January) said it has signed an agreement with Ireland’s largest bulk port Shannon Foyne with a view to developing a supply-chain corridor for exporting green fuels into Europe produced from the west of Ireland’s limitless wind resource.

The agreement will focus on market and trade development for vast volumes of green hydrogen and its derivatives produced at the planned international green energy hub on the Shannon Estuary. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the ports identifies significant and identified scale-up volumes of green hydrogen commencing with proof-of-concept volumes by 2030.

Europe’s overall green hydrogen strategy for 2030 is to import 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen by 2030 for use in heavy industry and transport sectors that are traditionally reliant on coal, natural gas, and oil. The Port of Rotterdam intends to facilitate volumes of 40 million tonnes from across the world by 2050, a significant proportion of which can come from the Atlantic resource.

Further opportunities will also be explored under the MOU, including building coalitions with interested and suitable commercial parties and adding other parties to the MOU to help achieve a joint supply chain process for delivering the first proof-of-concept volumes before 2030.

The MOU also provides for engaging relevant public stakeholders to support the initiative and sharing of information regarding the potential supply of green hydrogen and green hydrogen derivatives, such as green ammonia, green methanol, etc, as well as sharing best practice information on areas such as desalination, high voltage electricity, industrial clustering around the H2 molecule and green ship bunkering processes.

The two ports will also potentially work together on market development in this new market and jointly finding final off-takers for supplies from Ireland. These would include maritime fuels sector, sustainable aviation fuels, green fertiliser and facilities with direct green hydrogen fuel requirements such as the steel industry.

René van der Plas, Director International at the Port of Rotterdam, said: “The port of Rotterdam is already Europe’s leading energy hub and recognises the significance and opportunity for all European citizens and industries arising from the green transition. To that end, hydrogen is one of our priorities and we are working hard towards establishing infrastructure, facilities and partnerships that will help deliver on this.

“This agreement with Shannon Foynes Port is one such partnership and can support our efforts to set up supply chain corridors for the import of green hydrogen into north-west Europe from countries elsewhere with high potential for green and low carbon hydrogen production. Shannon Foynes Port is an ideal partner in that respect.”

Patrick Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port Company, said: “With the largest wind resource in Europe off our west coast, we have the opportunity to become Europe’s leading renewable energy generation hub. That will deliver transformational change for Ireland in terms of energy independence and an unprecedented economic gain in the process. In delivering on this, too, we can make our biggest ever contribution to the European project as we become a very significant contributor to REPowerEU, Europe’s plan to end reliance on fossil fuels.

“We can produce an infinite supply of renewable energy here and there are already a number of routes to market emerging for that energy. One such route to market is the development of a supply chain into Europe.”

“This agreement with the Port of Rotterdam is a key step towards enabling that. The port of Rotterdam already works on introducing the fuels and feedstocks of the future with major oil and gas companies and its broader port community of over 3,000 commercial companies. It can be a key supply chain corridor for exporting green fuels from the Shannon Estuary into Europe. This is very significant recognition and validation of the potential for hydrogen production generated in Ireland to be exported into Europe.”

 

Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam
Published: 31 January, 2024

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Hanwha Group in midst of developing carbon-free vessel without need for pilot fuel

Dong Kwan Kim, Vice Chairman, shared Hanwha’s blueprint for the development of a carbon-free vessel powered by alternative fuels such as ammonia at WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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Hanwha Group in midst of developing carbon-free vessel without need for pilot fuel

Dong Kwan Kim, Vice Chairman of Hanwha Group on Wednesday (17 January) shared Hanwha’s blueprint for the development of a carbon-free vessel powered by alternative fuels such as ammonia at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

At a session titled “The First Fossil-Free Ship on the Water,” Kim shared that existing internal combustion engines require 5% to 15% of pilot fuel, diesel, for the purpose of ignition, hence building a vessel free of carbon emissions requires a fundamentally different approach. 

“This is why Hanwha is developing an ammonia-powered gas turbine to replace conventional engines, thus eliminating the need for pilot fuel,” Hanwha said in a statement. 

To achieve carbon-free electrification, Hanwha also plans to install hydrogen fuel cells with energy storage systems (ESS) as the vessel’s auxiliary source of power. An integrated ammonia cracker will produce the hydrogen required for the fuel cells on board.

Kim also unveiled a new vision for the decarbonisation of shipping and introduced Hanwha’s plans to build a zero-emission gas carrier. Powered entirely by alternative fuels, the new vessel will be an industry first — developed using Hanwha’s proprietary green technology. 

“Hanwha is challenging existing industry frameworks, spearheading new innovations, and paving the way for maritime decarbonization,” said Kim.

“We’re taking a holistic approach to the energy transition, driving disruptive change not only in the production and storage of clean energy but in transportation as well. Advancing green ship technology and establishing a robust clean energy value chain will help us gain ground in our journey toward net zero.”

Kim also announced plans to own and operate the newly developed green ships to bring the technology to maturity. Deep-sea vessels are capital-intensive investments. They take anywhere from two to three years to build and remain in service for two to three decades, making it extremely difficult for shipowners to invest in budding technologies. By demonstrating the benefits of green ship technology, Hanwha aims to lower the barriers for shipowner investment and drive demand.

 

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Published: 22 January, 2024

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LNG gets top positions in Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index

LNG-bio methane is placed at the top spot when it comes to the confidence of shipping and marine fuel industry stakeholders in bunker fuels; followed by biodiesel, LNG-e methane and green methanol.

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LNG gets top positions in Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index

The Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index (SMF Confidence Index), launched on Thursday (18 January) placed LNG-bio methane at the top spot when it comes to the confidence of shipping and marine fuel industry stakeholders in alternative bunker fuels. 

Biodiesel came in second place, followed by LNG-e methane, green methanol, green hydrogen and green ammonia. 

The inaugural Index was created at the Sustainable Marine Fuel Fest (SMF Fest), organised by uncommon conferences and ship.energy, which took place on 15 to 16 November 2023 in Valencia.

The ‘by industry for industry’ event brought together stakeholders from across the marine fuel value chain who stress tested and then populated the SMF Confidence Index, which is based on a framework developed by SMF Fest industry partners who represent companies that are interested in, and responsible for, the delivery of shipping’s energy transition. 

They include technology providers Wärtsilä and GTT, class society Bureau Veritas, industry association The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, marine energy supplier Peninsula and shipowner Hapag-Lloyd.

Industry partner GTT, said: “At GTT we acknowledge the importance of certainty for our customers, and we believe this ‘here and now’ Confidence Index provides a tangible basis for their future fuelling strategy.”

“It’s also encouraging to see the high confidence levels in bio and synthetic LNG as important fuels in shipping’s decarbonisation journey.”

Ship.energy said where SMF Confidence Index stands apart from other industry surveys is that it cuts through some of the ‘decarbonisation hype’ and offers a pragmatic, realistic assessment by industry of the availability and accessibility of the required tools for decarbonisation at a given moment in time.

This first Index provides a baseline from which to chart and compare changes in industry confidence in shipping’s energy transition according to four key criteria (Technology, Infrastructure, Commercial and Environmental Credentials) and using five deep sea vessel segments: containerships, dry cargo, gas carriers, passenger vessels and tankers. These criteria/vessel segments are considered in relation to the use of 12 marine fuels (including grey/blue/green variants).

Participants at SMF Fest were representatives of a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders, all of which have a sharp focus on decarbonisation and sustainability within their respective corporate strategies. The Index’s confidence span ranged from ‘not at all confident’ to ‘very confident’ and a key takeaway from the exercise was that the contributors to the index are cautious about the commercial and operational readiness of most of the new fuels and their perception is that there are currently significant gaps and challenges to be resolved in the development of these fuels across one or more of the criteria used for their assessment.

The first SMF Confidence Index is a working document. The decarbonisation landscape is continually evolving – as are the responses of industry stakeholders to it – and the Index will reflect these changes. When we refresh the Index, the goal is to investigate what has moved the needle for a particular fuel(s) and apply those learnings to other fuels, thereby speeding up the energy transition, and moving on from the ‘wait and see’ approach which is currently being taken by many shipowners. 

Contributors will revisit its findings in mid-2024 and the Index will be fully updated at the next SMF Fest which will take place in the autumn at a location soon to be announced.

The Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index - Overview

LNG gets top positions in Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index

Note: The Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index Report and detailed breakdowns of fuels measured against vessel segments and against key criteria can be accessed here

 

Photo credit: ship.energy
Published: 22 January, 2024

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