Freight News, Inland waterway

Hydrogen barge takes to the water

[ February 8, 2024   //   ]

Dutch shipowner Future Proof Shipping (FPS), the EU-funded Flagships project, and the Interreg-funded ZEM Ports NS project have launched the hydrogen-powered H2 Barge 2. The vessel will operate on the Rhine between Rotterdam and Duisburg.

The vessel was launched at Holland Shipyard Group´s Werkendam facility, just outside Rotterdam.

It is the first of two demonstrators in the EU-funded Flagships project, and the second demonstrator of the ZEM Ports NS project. The vessel, formerly Fenny 1 and FPS Waal, was built as a conventionally powered containership.

The barge now has a completely new 100% emission-free propulsion system including PEM fuel cells, hydrogen storage, battery packs and an electric drive train installed below deck. Six fuel cells from Ballard Power Systems raise the total power installed to 1,2 MW.