ABB powers Samskip’s new hydrogen-fuelled container vessels

by | 5th October 2023 | Technology, The Naval Architect - News

Home News ABB powers Samskip’s new hydrogen-fuelled container vessels

Samskip’s newbuilds are due for delivery in 2025. Source: Naval Dynamics

ABB has signed a contract with global logistics company Samskip Group, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to supply a comprehensive power, propulsion and automation system for two newbuild short-sea container ships.

The vessels will be among the world’s first of their kind to use hydrogen as a fuel.

The two vessels will be built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd, the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India. The 135m ships are due for delivery in 2025 and are planned to operate between Oslo Fjord and Rotterdam, a distance of approximately 700nm.

In addition to the integration of hydrogen fuel cells, ABB’s package includes a new compact version ABB Onboard DC Grid power distribution. The vessels will also feature ABB Ability System 800xA automation technology to allow seamless operation of onboard equipment. Using ABB Ability remote diagnostic systems, the vessels will also receive 24hr remote safety and performance support.

The two vessels will be powered by a 3.2MW hydrogen fuel cell each, with diesel generators installed for back-up. Samskip, which aims to achieve net zero by 2040, anticipates that each vessel will be able to avoid around 25,000tonnes of CO2 emissions a year when powered by fuel cells and by using green shore power at the port of call.

“Samskip’s level of ambition on emissions requires partners like ABB, with similar objectives for innovation and the willingness to invest in the future,” says Erik Hofmeester, head of fleet management, Samskip Group. “These ships are a milestone for the maritime industry, delivering hydrogen fuel cells as a clean and renewable technology.”

The project is co-funded by Norwegian state enterprise ENOVA. Operating under Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment, ENOVA promotes a shift towards more environmentally friendly energy consumption and production, as well as the development of energy and climate technology.


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