ARKANSAS, Sept 28 (Future Headlines)- In a significant stride towards sustainable maritime transportation, ABB has been chosen to provide cutting-edge power, propulsion, and automation systems for two innovative container vessels operated by Samskip Group. These vessels are part of Samskip’s pioneering strategy to utilize hydrogen fuel cells as a clean and renewable energy source. ABB’s involvement in this transformative project underscores its commitment to advancing green shipping technologies.
Under the terms of the contract, ABB is entrusted with supplying a comprehensive power distribution system for the two container vessels. This system integrates hydrogen fuel cells, ABB’s cutting-edge energy storage solutions, and state-of-the-art automation technology. Each of these vessels will be equipped with a formidable 3.2 MW hydrogen fuel cell, complemented by diesel generators that serve as backup power sources.
These container vessels, boasting a length of 135 meters, are being constructed by Cochin Shipyard, India’s largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility. The vessels are slated for delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2025. Once operational, they will primarily ply the route between Oslo Fjord and Rotterdam, covering an approximate distance of 700 nautical miles. This route holds significance as it connects key maritime hubs in Northern Europe.
Samskip, a prominent player in the maritime industry, has set forth a visionary goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. The deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technology in its vessels is a pivotal step towards realizing this ambitious objective. The utilization of hydrogen fuel cells, a zero-emission energy source, is a testament to Samskip’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to a sustainable future.
One of the most compelling aspects of this project is its potential to make a substantial impact on environmental sustainability. These innovative vessels are poised to deliver substantial environmental benefits. It is estimated that they will cut approximately 25,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. This reduction is substantial and aligns with global efforts to mitigate climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The project strongly aligns with the greenhouse gas reduction strategy of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping. By adopting hydrogen fuel cells, Samskip’s vessels contribute to achieving the IMO’s emissions reduction targets and advancing the sustainability agenda within the maritime industry.
ABB’s involvement in this groundbreaking project is indicative of its technological prowess and commitment to sustainability. ABB’s role encompasses the provision of a complete power distribution system, incorporating state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell technology. This system is designed to ensure efficient power generation and utilization, optimizing the vessels’ performance while minimizing their environmental footprint.
ABB’s expertise extends to energy storage and automation technology, critical components in enhancing the vessels’ efficiency and operational capabilities. These technologies play a pivotal role in managing power distribution and ensuring seamless transitions between hydrogen fuel cells and diesel generators. ABB’s participation underscores its dedication to advancing sustainable shipping technologies. By providing the necessary infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell adoption, ABB is contributing to the maritime industry’s transition towards cleaner and more environmentally friendly solutions.
This project aligns with the goals and strategies of international organizations like the IMO, further emphasizing its significance in advancing environmental sustainability within the maritime sector. As the vessels take to the seas in 2025, they symbolize the maritime industry’s commitment to greener, cleaner, and more sustainable transportation.
Writing by Alireza Sabet; Editing by Sarah White