LR has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to BeHydro for its new hydrogen-powered, one megawatt (MW) capacity dual-fuel engine.
As previously reported by ship.energy, the new engine was unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday and is said to offer the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 85%.
BeHydro is a joint venture between Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) and Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC).
Commenting on the AiP, Andy McKeran, LR’s M&O Commercial Director, said: ‘This collaboration with CMB and ABC is an important development in demonstrating the potential of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping. This Approval in Principle demonstrates LR’s commitment to helping the industry to adopt safe, reliable and economic new technologies and processes to meet decarbonisation ambitions.’
Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB, added: ‘We are very happy with the recognition by Lloyd’s Register. The Approval in Principle is an important milestone in the launch of the BeHydro medium speed engines. It confirms that the built-in safety systems are solid proof. We now feel confident to start working on the first applications with these clean and powerful engines.’