Compressed hydrogen vessel gets AiP

By Jack Burke04 November 2021

Ship viewed as effective regional transport for hydrogen

Australian energy transportation company Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has obtained Approval-in-Principle (AiP) for its pilot-scale 430 tonne C-H2 carrier vessel from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

The pilot compressed hydrogen vessel is a Handymax-sized gas carrier designed to advance the commercialization of green hydrogen projects. Wärtsilä has worked in close cooperation with GEV’s ship designer to develop the propulsion solution using highly efficient Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines powering two electric drive fixed-pitch propellers. The work was carried out under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies earlier this year.

“Marine storage and transport solutions are required for hydrogen to contribute to global decarbonization ambitions. GEV views the compressed hydrogen ship as a means to provide efficient, safe, and cost-competitive regional marine transportation for hydrogen, and we thank Wärtsilä for its valuable support in making this project a success,” said Martin Carolan, GEV’s managing director and CEO.

“The AiP represents an important milestone in bringing this concept to realization. Our involvement allows us to further leverage our technology and experience in the development of future fuels to decarbonize ship operations. This is fully in line with our commitment and strategy to support our customers in achieving a sustainable and carbon-free future,” says Petteri Saares, sales director, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Wärtsilä’s cooperation with the Australian energy transportation company Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has resulted in GEV successfully obtaining Approval-in-Principle (AiP) for its pilot scale 430 tonne C-H2 Carrier vessel.

Compression delivers a proven, simple, and efficient method for transporting green hydrogen. Both GEV and Wärtsilä believe that the compressed hydrogen vessel project will eliminate technical barriers to marine hydrogen transport, and deliver a solution that is superior to currently available alternatives.

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