GEV appoints class society, naval architect for H2 ship

Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has confirmed the appointments of ABS and Capilano Maritime Design (Capilano) for the next stage of engineering and design of its compressed hydrogen ship (H2 Ship) to achieve Approval in Principle (AIP).

According to GEV, the AIP, which is expected to be achieved in the first half of 2021, will be a ‘critical step’ to advancing the technical feasibility of the proposed H2 Ship, the first of its kind for the marine transport of large-scale volumes of hydrogen.

The process for AIP will follow American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) New Technology Qualification Guidance Notes. The work will include a preliminary Hazard Identification (HAZID) analysis to identify any significant potential hazards and the future design work to mitigate these risks.

The successful outcome of the AIP will demonstrate that there are no identified showstoppers that would prevent the ultimate classification of the vessel.

Following the successful achievement of AIP, the GEV’s project team will commence discussions with suitable shipyards for estimates of capital cost and schedule for construction.

‘The company is very pleased to be working with ABS and Capilano again on the engineering and approvals for our new H2 Ship. Both groups worked with our marine engineering team for the CNG Optimum ship which successfully attained full design class approvals in early 2019,’ said Maurice Brand, Executive Chairman & CEO, GEV.

‘The successful delivery of Approval in Principle for the H2 Ship in the first half of 2021 will demonstrate there are no showstoppers to the proposed ship design and containment system for large scale marine transportation of compressed hydrogen,’ Brand added.

As previously reported, GEV unveiled the design of its H2 ship in October. The vessel will have a storage capacity of up to 2,000 tonnes of compressed hydrogen and use hydrogen-powered fuel cells for propulsion.

Brand said GEV had been ‘delighted’ with the response from shareholders since the design launch of the vessel last month.

‘The company has received extensive enquiries from proposed hydrogen export projects and other participants in the development of the hydrogen supply chain, and we look forward to progressing discussions on the economics, logistics and potential collaborations in the coming quarters,’ said Brand.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry