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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 

Concordia Damen has signed a historic contract with Dutch inland shipping company Lenten Scheepvaart for the construction of the first ever inland waterway vessel to run on hydrogen.

The vessel, to be named Antonie, will be 135m long, weigh 3,700t and employ fuel cell propulsion, from the Koedood Marine - Nedstack partnership. Antonie will be used to transport salt between Delfzijl in the north of the Netherlands to Botlek in the Port of Rotterdam for chemical supplier Nouryon.

Concordia Damen CEO Chris Kornet said: “At Concordia Damen we have always been at the forefront of bringing increased sustainability to our industry. Greening the inland shipping sector is something which we feel passionate about and we will continue to work towards this goal. I believe there will not be one single way to reduce emissions in our sector, but a number of approaches. Hydrogen is likely to play an important role in the achievement of zero emissions in inland shipping. Lenten Scheepvaart are to be commended for taking this leading role.”

Lenten Scheepvaart has received a subsidy for the construction of the vessel to the value of €4m. The subsidy, from the Netherlands Governmental department of Infrastructure and Water Management, aims to stimulate the development the use of hydrogen as a fuel on the path towards zero emissions inland shipping.

Likewise, the vessel and its operation will benefit from the subsidised hydrogen bunker station in Delfzijl. Concordia Damen claims a long track record in the development of sustainable vessel technology for the inland shipping sector, including a number of hybrid propulsion vessels.

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