ABB has secured a complete power, propulsion and automation systems order for Samskip Group’s hydrogen-powered container vessels.
BB will deliver a comprehensive power, propulsion and automation system for two newbuild short-sea container ships of the global logistics company Samskip Group headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The vessels will be among the world’s first of their kind to use hydrogen as a fuel.
Built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd, the 135-meter ships are due for delivery in Q3 and Q4 of 2025, respectively. Both vessels will be operating between Oslo Fjord and Rotterdam, a distance of approximately 700 nautical miles.
In addition to the integration of hydrogen fuel cells, ABB’s comprehensive package includes the new, compact version of ABB Onboard DC Grid power distribution system that, according to ABB, ensure the optimal use of energy on board. The vessels will also feature ABB’s energy storage solution control.
Samskip’s vessels will be powered by a 3.2 MW hydrogen fuel cell each, with diesel generators installed for back-up. The logistics group anticipates that each vessel will be able to avoid around 25,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year when powered by fuel cells and by using green shore power at the port of call.
ABB is delighted to collaborate with Samskip and Cochin Shipyard Limited on this project which will help to avoid emissions and reduce operational expenses. ABB is at the forefront of shipping’s most ambitious plans for decarbonization and setting new standards for green maritime transportation.
… said Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports
The project is co-funded by Norwegian state enterprise ENOVA. Operating under Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment, ENOVA promotes a shift towards more environmentally friendly energy consumption and production, as well as the development of energy and climate technology.
Samskip’s level of ambition on emissions requires partners like ABB, with similar objectives for innovation and the willingness to invest in the future. These ships are a milestone for the maritime industry, delivering hydrogen fuel cells as a clean and renewable technology.
… commented Erik Hofmeester, Head of Fleet Management, Samskip Group
Cochin Shipyard is proud to partner with ABB in strengthening our position as an early mover in sustainable technology and supporting India’s vision to become a Global Hub for building Green Ships
… stated Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Limited.