Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) will construct two hydrogen fuel powered zero emission feeder container vessels for Netherlands headquartered Samskip Group, a global logistics solution provider.
“The total project cost is about Rs 550 crore. These ships can carry about 365 numbers of 45-feet long high cube containers and are intended to serve the European Market where sustainable transportation solutions are in high demand,” said an official CSL statement.
In zero emission mode, each vessel is expected to achieve around 25,000 tons of carbon reduction per year. The delivery of the first vessel is expected to be done in 2025. “The vessels will be equipped with Hydrogen fuel cells in a hybrid power system with diesel generators back up for longer endurance. It will have an onboard storage facility for Hydrogen fuel and will be fitted with Azimuth thrusters for propulsion and high manoeuvrability,” the statement said.
CSL has also recently bagged contracts for construction of two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV) for the European renewable offshore wind-farm segment. These vessels also employ emission reduction technologies with large capacity Lithium-ion batteries and methanol fuelled generators.