TECO 2030 and Pherousa Green Shipping joining forces to develop six zero-emission dry bulk carriers powered by cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cells. This groundbreaking initiative aims to transform the maritime industry by significantly reducing emissions and setting a new standard for eco-friendly shipping.
Norwegian fuel cell developer TECO 2030 and Pherousa Green Shipping have embarked on an ambitious journey to revolutionize the maritime sector. They have inked a deal that will see the supply of hydrogen fuel cells to power six 63,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) dry bulk carriers. What makes this collaboration particularly remarkable is that each vessel will be equipped with a formidable 12MW fuel cell system for primary propulsion, setting the stage for zero-emission maritime operations.
The TECO 2030 fuel cell system isn’t just a technological marvel; it’s a game-changer for the shipping industry. By opting for hydrogen fuel cells, these vessels are poised to achieve 100% emissions-free operations, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change. The environmental impact of this venture is staggering, with emissions reductions that promise to make a significant dent in the carbon footprint of maritime transport.
The timeline for this transformative project is both ambitious and attainable. The first vessel, equipped with the TECO 2030 fuel cell system, is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2027. This rapid progression reflects the urgency of addressing environmental concerns within the shipping industry and the commitment of these Norwegian companies to drive change.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this initiative is the flexibility it offers. The hydrogen fuel cells will be combined with an ammonia-to-hydrogen cracker developed by Pherousa Green Technologies. This strategic choice allows shipowners to initially utilize ammonia and transition seamlessly to hydrogen when desired, effectively mitigating investment risks and accommodating evolving hydrogen supply chains.
The initial fleet of six ultramaxes, designed to transport dry bulk cargo, will have a unique focus: serving the global copper industry. This sector plays a pivotal role in worldwide decarbonization efforts and has set ambitious emission reduction targets, which extend to Scope 3 emissions involving transportation to end users. By providing eco-friendly shipping solutions, this collaboration supports the copper industry’s commitment to sustainability.