Japan’s Tsuneishi Completes Hydrogen-Powered Ferry

Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities and Craft has completed delivery of a hydrogen-powered passenger ferry for Japanese-Belgium joint venture JPN H2YDRO.

The 80-passenger ferry HydroBingo, built by Tsuneishi at its Urasaki plant in Hiroshima prefecture’s Onomichi, was commissioned yesterday. The 19 gross tonne catamaran is equipped with two dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel combustion engines and with a portable hydrogen tank that can store around 100kg of compressed hydrogen. It has received a safety clearance by the Japan Craft Inspection Organisation.

Hydrogen-diesel dual fuel combustion is expected to halve carbon dioxide emissions when compared with a conventional diesel engine. The ship was developed jointly by CMB Tech, a group company of Belgium shipping firm CMB and Tsuneishi.

JPN H2YDRO is 50pc held by CMB Tech, with the other 50pc shared by Tsuneishi and Kanbara Kisen, group companies of Japanese shipbuilding and shipping firm Tsuneishi. The partners have agreed to develop a hydrogen-powered tug for operation by Kambara Kisen’s tug operating arm.

HydroBingo is expected to start trial operations next month at Tokuyama-Kudamatsu port in west Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture, targeting to monitor detailed safety, operational and technical data on the vessel. Japanese chemical and cement producer Tokuyama will supply hydrogen for the trial operation using by-product hydrogen from its caustic soda production at its plant located at Tokuyama-Kudamatsu port.

Tokuyama-Kudamatsu port, home to a chemical industry complex, has been selected by Japan’s transport ministry as one of the six key candidate ports for development of a carbon-neutral port. The port is projected to have hydrogen demand potential of 1mn t/yr, or up to 2mn t/yr if the port is able to become a hydrogen supply hub for the west Japan region.

Japanese oil firm Idemitsu and plant engineer IHI have expressed interest in jointly developing an ammonia import terminal at Tokuyama-Kudamatsu port, using existing facilities at the site of a 120,000 b/d refinery that closed in 2014.

Source: Argus – Rieko Suda.

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