Samskip and partners eye hydrogen retrofit for multipurpose vessel

Samskip and partners eye hydrogen retrofit for multipurpose vessel

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Norwegian cleantech company TECO 2030, along with BLOM Maritime and Samskip, secured a grant for a pre-project to explore converting a Samskip multipurpose vessel, the Kvitnos, from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to hydrogen fuel cells.

The project targets significant emission reductions for the Kvitnos, currently operating a weekly route along the Norwegian coastline from Rotterdam, Netherlands, to Hammerfest. This innovative initiative signifies a joint commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by adopting zero-emission hydrogen technology.

The pre-project aims to prepare for a potential retrofit investment decision for the Kvitnos. Additionally, it will explore establishing long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts facilitated by the vessel’s fixed route.

BLOM Maritime, a specialist in retrofitting solutions, will contribute naval architects, piping engineers, and structural engineers to produce the documentation required for preliminary approval of the hydrogen fuel cell solution.

Samskip, a multimodal logistics company with a strong commitment to sustainability, already boasts one hydrogen-powered container vessel under construction – the SeaShuttle project. The Kvitnos retrofit has the potential to become Samskip’s second hydrogen project, significantly advancing their goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040.

“With the delivery of our LNG-propelled multipurpose vessels back in 2015, Samskip already offered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cargo ships, which eliminated SOx emissions while drastically reducing NOx and CO2 emissions,” said Are Grathen, Samskip Regional Director for Norway and Sweden. “With this grant from Enova, and in close cooperation with fuel cell provider TECO 2030. We will continue our endeavor to enable full zero emission propulsion which in turn will further pave the way for our H2-propelled new-builds coming out next year and bring us closer to our net-zero targets for 2040.”

Erik Hofmeester, Samskip Head of Fleet Management, emphasized the company’s commitment to CO2 reduction through various means, including biofuels, carbon capture systems, shore power, and innovative newbuilds. “Samskip embraces every opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions either through using biofuels, CO2 capture-systems, shore-power, innovative newbuilding vessels, and now also into retrofit solutions. Using the power take-in device (PTI) driving the propellor with green energy, allowing our existing vessels to sail and maneuver emission-free in the Norwegian Fjords and other coastal areas.”

“This grant shows our capability to help our clients secure public funding for smaller pre-studies, this means they can focus on progress towards their ultimate goals of zero-emission shipping. Our fuel cell technology is a great match for retrofitting the existing fleet to operate with environment-friendly propulsion along the coast,” says Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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Samskip and partners eye hydrogen retrofit for multipurpose vessel
Samskip and partners eye hydrogen retrofit for multipurpose vessel

Samskip and partners eye hydrogen retrofit for multipurpose vessel

Photo Samskip

Norwegian cleantech company TECO 2030, along with BLOM Maritime and Samskip, secured a grant for a pre-project to explore converting a Samskip multipurpose vessel, the Kvitnos, from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to hydrogen fuel cells.

The project targets significant emission reductions for the Kvitnos, currently operating a weekly route along the Norwegian coastline from Rotterdam, Netherlands, to Hammerfest. This innovative initiative signifies a joint commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by adopting zero-emission hydrogen technology.

The pre-project aims to prepare for a potential retrofit investment decision for the Kvitnos. Additionally, it will explore establishing long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts facilitated by the vessel’s fixed route.

BLOM Maritime, a specialist in retrofitting solutions, will contribute naval architects, piping engineers, and structural engineers to produce the documentation required for preliminary approval of the hydrogen fuel cell solution.

Samskip, a multimodal logistics company with a strong commitment to sustainability, already boasts one hydrogen-powered container vessel under construction – the SeaShuttle project. The Kvitnos retrofit has the potential to become Samskip’s second hydrogen project, significantly advancing their goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040.

“With the delivery of our LNG-propelled multipurpose vessels back in 2015, Samskip already offered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cargo ships, which eliminated SOx emissions while drastically reducing NOx and CO2 emissions,” said Are Grathen, Samskip Regional Director for Norway and Sweden. “With this grant from Enova, and in close cooperation with fuel cell provider TECO 2030. We will continue our endeavor to enable full zero emission propulsion which in turn will further pave the way for our H2-propelled new-builds coming out next year and bring us closer to our net-zero targets for 2040.”

Erik Hofmeester, Samskip Head of Fleet Management, emphasized the company’s commitment to CO2 reduction through various means, including biofuels, carbon capture systems, shore power, and innovative newbuilds. “Samskip embraces every opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions either through using biofuels, CO2 capture-systems, shore-power, innovative newbuilding vessels, and now also into retrofit solutions. Using the power take-in device (PTI) driving the propellor with green energy, allowing our existing vessels to sail and maneuver emission-free in the Norwegian Fjords and other coastal areas.”

“This grant shows our capability to help our clients secure public funding for smaller pre-studies, this means they can focus on progress towards their ultimate goals of zero-emission shipping. Our fuel cell technology is a great match for retrofitting the existing fleet to operate with environment-friendly propulsion along the coast,” says Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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