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FPS expands hydrogen fuelled fleet with two further vessels

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Netherlands-based inland vessel operator Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has acquired two more container vessels FPS Rijn and FPS Waal to add to its inland shipping fleet and they join FPS Maas on the same transformational journey to become zero-emissions vessels.

In March this year FPS said it is working with Holland Shipyards Group (HSG) to retrofit the FPS Maas to a zero-emissions hydrogen propulsion system. The vessels will be retrofitted at the Holland Shipyards Group’s yard in Hardinxveld

The retrofit involves removal of the vessels’ main engine and gearbox, and installing a new modular propulsion system consisting of electric motors, hydrogen tanks, a PEM fuel cell system and a battery system. The compressed hydrogen tanks, the fuel cells and the battery system are separate units that can be removed for maintenance or replacement purposes.

The hydrogen and fuel cell system will be installed in the cargo space of the vessel, with the hydrogen being placed above the fuel cell system in two 40ft containers (approximately 1000kg at 300 bar). The fuel cell system will be triple redundant with 825kW capacity (to supply propulsion and auxiliary power) and a 504 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for peak shaving, secondary and bridging power. The system will contain a 750V DC bus bar and an e-motor for propulsion.

Commenting on the new acquisitions, Richard Klatten, CEO – Future Proof Shipping said, “A very warm welcome to our two new ships. This development fits with our overall plan to convert as many vessels as we can to zero-emissions as soon as possible. Our fleet is already available for charter and cargo owners/shippers can even book now to ship their cargo in zero-emissions container slots along the Rhine starting in 2023. The sustainable inland shipping landscape is beginning to look a lot greener for everyone”.

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