In response of the climate objective to reduce CO2 emissions and for the reduction of environmental footprint from global shipping, Moss Maritime, along with the partners Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV-GL, have developed a new design for a Liquified Hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel. The capacity of the vessel will be 9,000 m3, where the hydrogen is liquified at a temperature of -253 °C, and constructed to provide LH2 bunkering services to merchant ships in addition to open sea transport. The LH2 vessel design project is sponsored by Innovation Norway which comes at a moment when hydrogen is finally developing into a viable solution for the larger market. Håkon Lenz, VP Europe and Americas of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, states: “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.

With close to 90% of trade conducted on high seas, around 3% of global emissions are contributed by international  shipping and is projected to increase by around 50% in 2050. However, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) wants to break the trend and has set a reduction target of 50% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.

On February 4, 2019 the European Commission adopted measures to monitor shipping fuel consumption according with new global norms.


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