Koedood Marine Group is supplying a fuel cell system to convert the inland container ship Maas to hydrogen for Future Proof Shipping (FPS). The FPS ship is expected to be completely powered by hydrogen by the end of this year. 

Koedood will build three fuel cell units (3x 275kW) and subcontract their partner company Nedstack to supply the fuel cell stacks for each of the fuel cell units as part of their co-development partnership for inland navigation.

The PEM fuel cell system is necessary for converting hydrogen into electricity and will be installed in the cargo space of the Maas. The fuel cell system is triple redundant with 825 kW capacity to supply propulsion and auxiliary power.

Retrofit at Holland Shipyards

During the retrofit later this year, Holland Shipyards Group will install the fuel cell units in the Maas. The 110 x 11.45 metre inland container ship will be converted at their yard in Hardinxveld.

Earlier, a time-charter for the Maas had already been agreed upon with terminal operator BCTN for a regular service between Rotterdam and the BCTN terminals in Belgium. The ship is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

‘Adding marine certified hydrogen fuel cell systems to our hybrid ship propulsion capabilities did not come easily. We are proud to take this next step with FPS and spearhead hydrogen technology into the maritime domain. With our can-do attitude we are confident there will be more vessels to follow soon,’ says Gertjan de Gelder, Sales Manager at Koedood Marine Group.

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