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- Unveiled plans for a hydrogen powered cruise liner in 2017.
WORLD MARITIME NEWS SEPTEMBER 2017
- Viking Cruises to Build World’s 1st Hydrogen-Powered Cruise Ship?
Cruise ship owner Viking Cruises unveiled plans for a liquid
hydrogen-fuelled cruise ship in an effort to develop the world’s first cruise ship with
Serge Fossati, project manager at the shipping company, presented the plans at the Norwegian Maritime Authority’s Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund.
To feature a length of around 230 metres, the cruise ship would be able to accommodate more than 900 passengers and a crew of 500.
“This is a world sensation. Very exciting. If they pull this off, a distribution network may be established, which will enable others as well to use hydrogen as fuel, and could contribute to a zero-emission shipping industry,” Olav Akselsen, Director General of Shipping and Navigation, said.
Viking Cruises envisions constructing a ship based on the same design as their seagoing cruise ships, such as the recently delivered Viking Sun. Additionally, the shipping company informed that the hydrogen ship would be registered in the Norwegian Ship Registers (NIS) if it is realised, and is already in dialogue with the Norwegian Maritime Authority.
“As a Norwegian and with Norwegian ships, we want to lead the way to zero-emission ships through fuel cell technology. The road to that point is still long, but here at Viking we want to be ahead of the game,” Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, said.
So far, liquid hydrogen has not been used as marine fuel. One of the technical challenges is to maintain the fuel at minus 253 degrees to keep it from evaporating. A fuel cell will convert the hydrogen to
electricity for propulsion and electric power on board.
At present, liquid hydrogen is not produced on a large scale in Europe, but Fossati explained that Viking Cruises is in dialogue with Statoil in order to find a solution based on a Norwegian refinery. It also emerged that the shipping company wants to use Norwegian suppliers for the project, as far as possible. Several tender ships to carry the fuel to the cruise ship are also part of the project, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority.
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Viking Cruises has revealed that it is developing what could become the world’s first cruise powered by liquid hydrogen.
The company announced the plan Friday at the Safety at Sea Conference held in Haugesund, Norway.
The proposed hydrogen-powered cruise ship will be built based on existing cruise ship designs, such as the Viking Sun. It will be around 230 meters long and will accommodate more than 900 passengers and a crew of 500, according to Viking.
“This is a world sensation. Very exciting. If they pull this off, a distribution network may be established, which will enable others as well to use hydrogen as fuel, and could contribute to a zero-emission shipping industry,” says Director General of Shipping and
Navigation, Olav Akselsen.
Viking says it has been working with the Norwegian International Ship Register on this and several other new projects in recent years. If developed, the new vessel will be registered in Norway.
“The ship will fly the Norwegian flag, which means that we have to vouch for the safety being just as good as on conventional ships. We believe that it is possible to solve those issues. We probably have a way to go before all the technical solutions are in place, but this is a very concrete project which has a high priority at Viking Cruises,” says Akselsen.
So far liquid hydrogen has never been used as a marine fuel, according to Viking Cruises. One of the technical challenges will be keeping the fuel at minus 253 degrees to keep it from evaporating. A fuel cell will convert the hydrogen to electricity for propulsion and electric power on board. Hydrogen is also a very explosive gas, and protection against gas leaks is an important part of the safety requirements for the fuel, Viking said.
“At Viking, we have always endeavored to look forward and to be at the forefront with regard to green shipping. As a Norwegian and with Norwegian ships, we want to lead the way to zero-emission ships through
fuel cell technology. The road to that point is still long, but here at Viking we want to be ahead of the game,” says Chairman of Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagen.
Currently, liquid hydrogen is not produced on a large scale in Europe, but Serge Fossati, a project manager for Viking, explained that Viking Cruises is in dialogue with Statoil in order to find a solution based on a Norwegian refinery. It also emerged that Viking wants to use Norwegian suppliers for the project as much as possible, and several tender ships to carry the fuel to the cruise ship are also part of the project, according to Viking.
& WIND POWERED FERRY - The
Cross Channel Challenger
(CCC) is a project currently on the drawing board looking for backing to develop a coastal cruiser that is zero
carbon just like the hydrogen projects, but where the
vessel converts energy from nature onboard for
propulsion without risk of hydrogen leaks or fires.
is a toe-in-the-water project using budget off the shelf
equipment to keep the costs down. Hence, the theoretical performance is lower than might be
achieved but higher than the current benchmark. It is a useful stepping stone to medium range ferries and
eventually bigger ships with longer ranges. Solar
combined with wind power could be the winning
combination. Comparing the two technologies will be
interesting. For sure, the solar powered ferries will be safer
and wind powered vessels do not need big hydrogen tanks next
to docks for
ships to fill up from. They do not need trucks to deliver the
hydrogen from the conversion plants and last but not least,
hydrogen is potentially dangerous, as the Zeppelin 'Hindenburg'
demonstrated in 1937 when a spark ignited the fated airship,
destroying it in minutes.
CONVERSION, CONVERSION - It is the number of additional
stages of splitting water using electricity, storing as a gas
and then recombining it to extract the electricity that was
put in at the beginning at a huge net energy loss. Elon Musk
has a point don't you think?
Hydrogen is recognised as a fuel with the potential to deliver 100% zero-carbon operation
in marine transport, but the systems proposed so far are
expensive and complicated, where the first rule of engineering
is to Keep It Simple Stupid: KISS.
allure of the hydrogen economy is plain, splitting ordinary water
using electrolysis to obtain oxygen
gas is like a schoolboy chemist dream come true, especially if we can generate
what appears to be free electricity
using solar cells
and wind turbines to split the water. Then the hydrogen is
is a cost, including the cost of manufacturing the solar
panels or wind
turbines and the transmission line installation and
maintenance. The inefficiencies in the conversion and handling
chain make hydrogen expensive to produce and so potentially
un-competitive - as compared to using the electricity needed
to convert water, directly.
addition, hydrogen is dangerous unless stored very carefully.
Space rockets powered by hydrogen and
explode, with the Hindenburg zeppelin explosion being signs of
things to come in a world fraught with human error. We'd be
courting disaster. If something can happen, it will happen.
Passengers would be traveling in potential time bombs.
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PUBLISHED - Point and Sandwick Trust, in collaboration with a number of industry partners (Wood, Siemens-Gamesa, Engie, ITM, CMAL, Johnston Carmichael and Ferguson Marine), have published a feasibility study to assess the suitability of using hydrogen produced from local wind farms to power future ferry services operating in the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland.
The study was part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. Read the full report here.
The project looked at the practical and economic feasibility of using new island wind farms to produce zero-carbon “green” hydrogen fuel for future types of clean emission ferries operating on the established Caledonian MacBrayne routes.
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