World’s First Hydrogen Carrier Leaves Japan on Maiden Voyage


Suiso Frontier departing Japan on December 24 (Kawasaki)

Posted on Dec. 2021 3:39 PM by

The maritime executive

Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries has released a video showing the world’s first vessel capable of carrying large volumes of hydrogen departing on its maiden voyage after receiving classification certificates. Built as a technology demonstration, Kawasaki said it plans to build additional hydrogen carriers to develop this new segment of the shipping industry.

Launched in 2019, the Suiso border is a 380-foot-long vessel developed to provide a means of transporting liquefied hydrogen at 1/800 of its volume in the original gaseous state. To transport large volumes of hydrogen over long distances, it is cooled to –253 ° C. Kawasaki installed a specially manufactured 1,250 m3 (44,143 cubic feet) vacuum insulated liquefied hydrogen storage tank. The capacity is equivalent to carrying 75 tonnes of liquefied hydrogen on each trip.

The vessel uses diesel-electric propulsion with a maximum speed of 13 knots. It is operated by a crew of 25 and registered at 7,800 gross tonnage or 2,200 dwt. It is owned by the CO2-Free Hydrogen Supply Chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA) as part of a larger project developed in Japan and Australia to demonstrate the commercial potential of importing hydrogen. Project participants include Kawasaki, Shell Japan, Iwatani Corporation, and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER), and it has received funding from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as well as support from Australia.

In addition to the ship, the project includes a liquefied hydrogen unloading terminal built in Kobe City, Japan, and a lignite gasification facility is under construction in Australia.

the Suiso border has been inspected for its hull structure, machinery, on-board equipment and materials, and more, in accordance with its class rules and the safety requirements for the transport of hydrogen by sea, formulated by ClassNK, based on interim IMO recommendations. The vessel was then added to the ClassNK registry on December 3.

After leaving Japan on December 24, the Suiso Frontier is expected to reach Australia in mid-January after a two-week trip.

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