Friday 17 November 2023

‘World’s first’ hydrogen inland shipping barge aces sea trials

‘World’s first’ hydrogen inland shipping barge aces sea trials

Shipbuilder Concordia Damen achieved success in sustainable shipping with the trial run of the 'world's first' hydrogen-powered inland shipping vessel, 'Antonie'.

Lenten Scheepvaart, the vessel's owner, marked a milestone for emissions-free transport on Dutch inland waterways.

Technical sea trials on 23rd October, validated by Lloyd's Register, resulted in a provisional certificate for operational use.

Trials focused on testing the advanced diesel-electric propulsion system before the installation of hydrogen containers, expected by year-end.

The Antonie, designed to transport salt for Nobian, represents a circular chain, powered by hydrogen produced in Nobian's chlor-alkali process.

The vessel is set for complete zero-emission transport between Delfzijl and Rotterdam.

A subsidised hydrogen bunker station in Delfzijl supports Antonie's energy needs.

Written by

Sumit Bose

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