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DUTCH INLAND CONTAINER VESSEL TO RUN ON HYDROGEN FUEL

DUTCH INLAND CONTAINER VESSEL TO RUN ON HYDROGEN FUEL

Thursday, March 4, 2021 

Dutch company Future Proof Shipping is behind a project to retrofit an inland waterway vessel, the 'Maas', a 110m x 11.45m container carrier, to operate on hydrogen as fuel.

The work on the Rhine-type vessel will be carried out by Holland Shipyards Group during 2021. During the retrofit, the internal combustion engine will be removed, and a new zero-emissions propulsion system, including fuel cells (825 kW), batteries (504 kWh), an electric motor and hydrogen storage will be installed on board.

The Maas will operate between the Netherlands and Belgium, and is expected to reduce emissions by the equivalent of around 2000t/year of CO2, through the use of green hydrogen instead of MGO.

A third partner in the project, as well as Future Proof Shipping and Holland Shipyards is BCTN Network of Container Terminals. The project is supported by funding from the Interreg North Sea Region Programme,  the Port of Rotterdam and the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland - the Dutch sustainable Shipping subsidy scheme.

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