LR approves Norwegian zero-emission self-unloading bulk carrier

Norwegian shipowner Egil Ulvan Rederi has obtained approval in principle (AiP) from the maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its zero-emission self-unloading hydrogen bulk carrier.

With Orc. Courtesy of Egil Ulvan Rederi

The AiP for the vessel which will be fully zero emissions in all operations has been awarded following the completion of a risk-based HAZID certification.

This With Orca bulk carrier will be powered by hydrogen, stored on board in compressed form, and the hydrogen combustion engine will be optimized for increased efficiency. The vessel will also have a fuel cell system for power generation under low load conditions.

A significant portion of the energy required to operate the 88m/5,500 tonne vessel will be harvested directly from the wind through two large rotor sails. The ship also has the ability to store excess energy in batteries.

The ship is designed by Norwegian Ship Design and the hydrogen will be supplied by Statkraft. It is expected to enter service in early 2024 with a long-term transport contract with freight owners Felleskjøpet Agri and Heidelberg Cement.

Ivar Ulvanowner and project manager of Egil Ulvan Rederi, said receiving the AiP from Lloyd’s Register is a significant milestone that confirms the company has made good design choices in an effort to create a safe, efficient concept and achievable.

Comment on the project Marc Darleydirector of LR Marine and Offshore, said: “LR is delighted to have been selected for this first global project which uses several alternative propulsion technologies. Based on our thorough risk-based analysis, we are pleased to grant approval in principle for the use of hydrogen as a sustainable and safe solution for ship propulsion..”

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