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Grant received for study to retrofit SAMSKIP KVITNOS with fuel cells and hydrogen fuel

Ro-roTECO 2030, BLOM Maritime and Samskip received ENOVA grant to study a retrofit of Samskip’s 2015-built LNG vessel SAMSKIP KVITNOS with fuel cells and hydrogen fuel, which currently operates on a weekly multipurpose service from Rotterdam and along most of the Norwegian coastline to Hammerfest.

The goal of the project is to prepare for an investment decision to retrofit SAMSKIP KVITNOS. The project also aims to facilitate long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts due to the vessel’s fixed route.

Blom Maritime will support naval architects, piping engineers and structural engineers to produce the documentation needed to obtain preliminary approval of the fuel cell and hydrogen solution. Blom Maritime has its main expertise in engineering for retrofitting solutions, a great strength for this project.

Samskip already has one hydrogen powered container vessel under construction in the SeaShuttle project. This new retrofit project with SAMSKIP KVITNOS will become Samskip’s second hydrogen project.

Samskip Regional Director Norway and Sweden - Are Grathen: “With the delivery of our LNG propelled multipurpose vessels back in 2015, Samskip already offered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cargo ships, which eliminated SOx emissions while drastically reducing NOx and CO2 emissions. With this grant from Enova, and in close cooperation with fuel cell provider TECO 2030.

We will continue our endeavour to enable full zero emission propulsion, which in turn will further pave the way for our H2-propelled new-builds coming out next year and bring us closer to our net-zero targets for 2040.”  

Samskip Head of Fleet Management - Erik Hofmeester: “Samskip embraces every opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions, either through using biofuels, CO2 capture-systems, shore-power, innovative newbuilding vessels, and now also into retrofit solutions.

Using the power take in device (PTI) driving the propellor with green energy, allowing our existing vessels to sail and manoeuvre emission-free in the Norwegian Fjords and other coastal areas.”

“This grant shows our capability to help our clients secure public funding for smaller pre-studies, this means they can focus on progress towards their ultimate goals of zero emission shipping. Our fuel cell technology is a great match for retrofitting the existing fleet to operate with environmentally friendly propulsion along the coast,” says Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030.

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Jun 19 2024

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