Hydrogen is going to play an increasingly important role in changing shipping. In order to facilitate its uptake, a blueprint is being developed for a transport and distribution system including bunkering in sea and inland ports in North-West Europe for green hydrogen.


The development and implementation of this value chain requires cooperation between the relevant authorities, shipbuilders and market parties. As part of the pilot, Port of Amsterdam's new management vessel, De Havenbeheer, will be sailing on hydrogen in the form of sodium borohydride.

Sodium borohydride is a solid form for hydrogen. The Executive Vessel is a representative vessel that is used to present potential customers or dignitaries the port and the city. This ship will be developed in the coming year.

The H2Ships project runs for a total of three years and ends in July 2022. H2Ships has 13 partners, including Port of Amsterdam, Delft University, Tata Steel, Port of Ostend and Port Autonome de Paris, from Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

The project will receive approximately €3.5 million in grants from the Interreg North-West Europe Program (2019-2022).