MOL, MOL Drybulk, Onomichi Dockyard, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and J-ENG have conducted a risk assessment of a multi-purpose, hydrogen-fuelled vessel that was granted the world’s first Approval in Principle (AiP) by ClassNK, for a ship equipped with a low speed two-stroke hydrogen-fueled engine as the main propulsion engine.
ccording to MOL, the five parties completed identification of the risks and issues to be considered in further design for the parcel layout concept of liquefied hydrogen fuel tank and fuel supply system, and confirmed that the design of the vessel can proceed further based on the current parcel layout.
Demonstration operation of the vessel will be conducted for two years from around 2027, as part of the Development of marine hydrogen engines and Marine Hydrogen Fuel System (MHFS) which was adopted by Green Innovation Funding Program of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Prior to the demonstration operation, J-ENG’s large low-speed two-stroke hydrogen-fueled engine and Kawasaki’s MHFS will be installed in the vessel by 2026.
MOL and MOL Drybulk will be in charge of ownership and operation management of the vessel and Onomichi Dockyard will be in charge of the development and building of the vessel, and they will cooperate toward the demonstration operation.