Van Dam Shipping to build a hydrogen-powered ship for Tata Steel


Van Dam Shipping, based in Spijk, will construct a hydrogen-powered ship for Tata Steel. The steel business from IJmuiden hopes to cut CO2 emissions from steel coil shipping by doing so.

For Tata Steel, Van Dam Shipping will build a so-called Short-Sea Vessel with a loading capacity of about 5,000 tons.


Every week, a firm in Spijk puts steel from IJmuiden onto one of its ships. From 2024 onwards, this must be done in a sustainable manner. Director Jan van Dam expresses his delight at the prospect of collaborating with Tata Steel on the delivery of an emission-free ship.

When confronted with adversity

In recent years, the steel industry has been chastised for its CO2 and particulate matter emissions. The corporation is responsible for around 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. Residents in the steel factory’s surrounding communities are concerned about their health. According to recent studies, local inhabitants are undoubtedly exposed to significant levels of harmful chemicals.


By 2030, the firm plans to transition to hydrogen as an energy source and declare itself a “green, clean steel industry.” ‘That not only implies that we will create green steel using hydrogen in the future, but we are also looking at how we can utilize hydrogen even more,’ says Cem Ugur, Tata Steel’s Head of Chartering and Operations. For example, to improve the long-term viability of our logistics. That is why, for the transportation of our steel coils, we are also investing in green ships.’

CO2 reductions

Every year, Tata Steel transports two million tons of steel coils to several European nations. This is accomplished with the assistance of over 700 ships. When compared to an oil-powered ship, the hydrogen-powered ship may save around 3,000 tons of CO2 each year, according to the steel business.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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