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HySHIP project secures EUR 8M funding award



HySHIP project secures EUR 8M funding award. Image: Wilhelmsen
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The revolutionary HySHIP project embraces 14 European partners collaborating on the design and construction of a new ro-ro demonstration vessel running on liquid green hydrogen (LH2), as well as the establishment of a viable LH2 supply chain and bunkering platform. The ship will be operated by Norwegian maritime industry group Wilhelmsen and will distribute LH2 to hydrogen hubs along the Norwegian coast. It is slated to be operational from 2024.

The project aims to lower the development and operational cost of a wider move to LH2 for ship propulsion throughout Europe. The EUR 8m funding from the EU’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU) is subject to the signing of a grant agreement by the HySHIP partners by the end of this year.

‘Two-in-one’ solution

Going under the concept name “Topeka”, the vessel will be the first of its kind to enter commercial service. Providing a two-in-one solution, it will sail on a fixed schedule carrying both coastwise customer cargo and containerized LH2 to the bunkering hubs. Norway’s west coast is dotted with bases serving the offshore industries, with base-to-base transport representing a heavy-duty transport route eminently suited to LH2. HySHIP will be a large-scale validation of both the ship, its innovative power system, and the distribution network. The bunkering hubs will in the future supply LH2-powered vessels including ferries and seagoing tonnage.

“Hydrogen as a fuel enables opportunities for low, or zero-emission shipping. Topeka will be our first step towards scalable LH2 fuelled maritime operations. We shall create a full LH2 infrastructure and commercial ecosystem, while at the same time removing yearly some 25,000 trucks from the roads”, says VP of special projects Per Brinchmann at Wilhelmsen, which is also coordinating the project.

Frida Eklöf Monstad, Vice President Logistics and emergency response in Equinor said: “A hydrogen driven coast-liner that has a regular frequency is very promising transportation alternative for Equinor’s bases on the west coast of Norway. This zero-emission vessel service will also be a valuable demonstrator of the technology development supporting Equinor’s ambitions to move cargo from road to sea and to halve emissions from our maritime activities in Norway by 2030.”

“Maritime is a large contributor of global GHG emissions and thus a priority sector to decarbonize. Hydrogen and fuel cells have the potential to propel vessels in a zero-emission fashion and various ship types are starting to integrate them. HySHIP will be a worldwide forerunner innovation project due to its use of liquid hydrogen, the size of the fuel cell and the concept for the LH2 distribution” adds Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director at FCH2 JU.

Ensuring durability

The Topeka vessel will be built for zero emission through a combination of 1,000 kWh battery capacity and a three-megawatt PEM (proton exchange membrane) hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen will be sourced from the new LH2 production plant planned at Mongstad outside Bergen by BKK, Equinor and Air Liquide.

HySHIP will also conduct three replicator studies, including a smaller, 1MW tanker barge for use on inland waterways, a 3MW fast ferry and a scaling-up study on a larger, 20MW energy system for deepsea vessels using a capesize bulk carrier as the replicator.

World-class partners

The HySHIP consortium partners alongside project leader Wilhelmsen include Kongsberg Maritime (NO), LMG Marin (NO & FR), Equinor (NO), Norled (NO), PersEE (FR), Diana Shipping (GR), Stolt-Nielsen Inland Tanker Service BV (NL), Air Liquide (FR), NCE Maritime CleanTech (NO), DNV GL, ETH Zürich (CH), Strathclyde University (UK) and Demokritos (GR).

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Höegh Tracer calls Port of Newcastle, Australia



Höegh Tracer calls Port of Newcastle, Australia. Image: Höegh Autoliners
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Höegh Tracer, the world’s largest PCTC vessel called the Port of Newcastle.

This is the second Höegh Autoliners vessel to call the port in the past three months as a response to increased customer requests.

Nicky Colaço, Höegh Autoliners Sales Manager in Australia said, Port of Newcastle offers customers in the agriculture, mining and construction industry a convenient option to transport cargo closer to destinations in regional NSW and the Hunter Valley.

He adds, Together with the New Horizon vessel series, with a ramp capacity of 375 metric tonnes, we have brought added confidence to our customers who want to transport their over-dimensional cargo to an accessible location and great facility on the East Coast of Australia.

The New Horizon vessel

The New Horizon vessel is the world’s largest PCTC vessel. These vessels offer up to 6.5 metres of free deck height, 12 metres of ramp width and ramp capacity of 375 MT. With the vessel design together with specially designed cargo handling equipment, we are able to cater for a wider range of cargo, adding greater flexibility to our fleet and thus enhancing the service we offer our customers.

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MacGregor receives EUR 18 million RoRo orders from Japan



MacGregor receives EUR 18 million RoRo orders from Japan. Image: Cargotec
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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured two orders from Japan to provide full hardware supply including ramps and lifting platforms for two RoPax vessels and two material supply vessels.

The orders are booked into Cargotec’s third quarter 2020 order intake, with deliveries planned to commence during the first quarter of 2022 and completed during the first quarter of 2023.

”We are very pleased that our customer has placed these significant contracts with us and which demonstrate our strong operations in Japan and the variety of solutions we can offer to meet specific operational needs,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions Division, MacGregor.

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Volkswagen renews commitment to Jacksonville port



Volkswagen renews commitment to Jacksonville port. Image: JAXPORT
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Volkswagen Group of America and JAXPORT partner AMPORTS have reached an agreement to keep VWGoA’s import facility and Southeastern distribution center in Jacksonville. VWGoA’s Jacksonville operations support 100 area jobs.

One of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, VWGoA began shipping through JAXPORT in 2015 when it moved its Southeast U.S. distribution operations to Jacksonville for a contract term expiring June 2020. The renewal is for three years and includes two one-year renewal options.

VWGoA operates approximately 80 acres at JAXPORT in addition to a 260,000-square-foot parts distribution facility in Jacksonville. The facilities are used to import, export and process factory-new Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and Porsche vehicles. The company expects to move 300,000 cars through Jacksonville over the next three years.

VWGoA cited its decision to renew on many of the same factors which first drew the company to Jacksonville in 2015, including JAXPORT’s experience and reputation in the auto business, AMPORTS excellent track record as a vehicle processor, and the port’s connections and proximity to consumers in the region.

“Jacksonville has been a good home base for our Southeast U.S. distribution operations,” said Mark Ilijanic, VWGoA Senior Vice President – Parts & Vehicle Logistics. “Our partnerships with the port and our service providers in Northeast Florida are very strong and we are proud of the positive economic impact our operations have on this community.”

“As a leader in the global automotive service industry, AMPORTS offers a number of advantages,” said AMPORTS CEO Steve Taylor. “Jacksonville’s central location in the Southeast U.S and close proximity to Florida’s largest population centers—combined with AMPORTS reputation for quality, safety and operational excellence—creates unmatched efficiencies.”

“We are pleased that a global company like Volkswagen continues to experience success in Jacksonville,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “This agreement allows JAXPORT to build on our already strong reputation for vehicle handling-excellence while delivering on our commitment to attract and retain quality jobs for Northeast Florida.”

VWGoA recently commissioned two new vehicle carriers operated by cleaner, greener liquefied natural gas (LNG). Both vessels will regularly call on Jacksonville. The first vessel, Siem Confucius, made its maiden voyage to JAXPORT last week.

JAXPORT is the nation’s No. 2 vehicle-handling port, offering service from more than a dozen of the world’s top ocean carriers. Jacksonville is located at the crossroads of the nation’s rail and highway network with convenient access to more than 70 million U.S. consumers.

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