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ABB powers and Cochin Shipyard builds Hydrogen Powered Ships for Samskip

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Cochin Shipyard Limited to build the Feeder Container Vessels

Samskip group, a Dutch Multimodal logistics company owns the Vessels

Samskip Group’s Hydrogen powered Ships among the first in the world 

These ships will be some of the first in the world to use hydrogen fuel cells, which are a clean and renewable source of energy. ABB will supply a power distribution system for two new container ships for Samskip Group, a logistics company based in the Netherlands. The deal was confirmed in the second quarter of 2023.

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Both vessels will be operating between Oslo Fjord and Rotterdam, a distance of approximately 700 nautical miles.

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Cochin Shipyard Limited to build the Hydrogen powered Feeder Container Vessels

The ships, measure 135 meters in length. Delivery is in the third and fourth quarters of 2025. The total cost of the project is around Rs. 550 crores. 

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Cochin Shipyard Limited is engaged in making a H2 Fuel Cell Prototype Vessel 

  • Pilot Project by CSL
  • 100 Passenger Ferry Boat 
  • Fully Indigenised ‘Home Grown Technology
  • 2 x 25 kWh H2 Fuel Cell
  • 6 kWh Solar Plant 

ABB will install complete power, propulsion and automation systems 

In addition to the hydrogen fuel cells, ABB will provide a compact version of its ABB Onboard DC Grid™ power distribution system to ensure efficient energy use on board. The ships will also feature ABB’s energy storage solution control and automation technology called ABB Ability™ System 800xA, ensuring smooth operation of onboard equipment. ABB’s remote diagnostic systems will provide 24/7 support to enhance safety and performance.

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What are Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

Hydrogen fuel cells convert the chemical energy from hydrogen into electricity through a chemical reaction producing water and heat. Hydrogen gas splits into protons and electrons at the anode inside the fuel cell.

The protons move through the electrolyte to the cathode, while the electrons travel through an external circuit, creating an electrical current. At the cathode, oxygen from the air combines with protons and electrons to produce water and release heat. The electrical current generated by the flow of electrons through the external circuit can be used to power electrical devices. 

When renewable energy is utilized to produce hydrogen, the entire energy process remains clean. This type of hydrogen is called Renewable Hydrogen or Green Hydrogen. The shipping industry views hydrogen fuel cell technology as a promising solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy efficiency.

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Samskip aims Net Zero Emission by 2040

Each of Samskip’s vessels will be powered by a 3.2 MW hydrogen fuel cell, with diesel generators as backup. Samskip aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040 and expects these ships to reduce approximately 25,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually when using fuel cells and green shore power at the port.

This project aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry, aiming for net-zero emissions by around 2050 and an increase in the use of low-carbon fuels by 2030.

ENOVA, a Norwegian state enterprise under the Ministry of Climate and Environment, is also co-funding the project, promoting environmentally friendly energy consumption, production, and climate technology development.

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