Another key milestone has been achieved along FPS’s journey toward zero-emissions shipping. Having completed a detailed Hazard Identification (HAZID) study with their classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR), the CCNR recommendation was the next target on FPS’s radar. In mid-June, the good news was shared with a jubilant FPS team.
“This landmark exemption will hopefully act as a catalyst to speed up the approval process and establish concrete rules dedicated to hydrogen-fuelled vessels, and ultimately clear the path to zero-emission shipping for all who are prepared to make the transition.” Richard Klatten, CEO – Future Proof Shipping.
FPS can now move ahead with the advanced engineering plans for the “Maas” and soon they will be ready to submit documentation for the final stage of class approval from LR.
The road to a recommendation
“My congratulations to FPS on the achievement of this milestone. It is impressive to see that a private company has taken this step in the greening of the inland waterway fleet, and as a classification society, we are proud to have been chosen to contribute. I believe this recommendation will surely help in the further development of requirements for the use of alternative fuels, and I expect that for future projects it will be easier to get the required recommendations.” Bas Joormann, WEA Inland Waterway Product Manager – Lloyd’s Register EMEA.
In the absence of specific rules for the design approval of hydrogen-fuelled vessels, the “alternative design process”, by which the safety, reliability, and dependability of the systems must be demonstrated to be equivalent to that achieved with comparable conventional systems, is currently the only means of approval for hydrogen vessels.
“The development of techniques for alternative means of propulsion and energy carriers, such as hydrogen and batteries, fits within the ambitions in the Green Deal on Maritime and Inland Shipping and Ports to make inland shipping more sustainable. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Watermanagement is looking forward to the experiences that will be gained with the application of hydrogen.”
Annelies van Dijk-Volker, Ministry of Infrastructure & Watermanagement – Dutch Representative in CCNR.
Once the retrofit of the Maas is completed later this year, the vessel will continue to ship container cargo between Rotterdam and Antwerp and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2000 CO2e tonnes annually.