World’s first hydrogen powered cargo ship comes from Norway


Egil Ulvan Rederi has been hired by HeidelbergCement Norway and Felleskjøpet AGRI to build and operate the world’s first zero emission cargo ship.

The ship concept has been developed in close cooperation with Norwegian Ship Design – TNSDC.

The two cargo owners, HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet, aim to establish a sustainable transport system without emissions of greenhouse gases. The transport system will combine the cargoes of the two companies, carrying aggregates from western to eastern Norway and grain in the opposite direction.

“As a company we have worked hard to be innovative and leaders in developing bespoke and energy efficient ship designs, as well as in using pioneering new technology. Egil Ulvan Rederi is also forward-looking and has similar ambitions as ship owners. We have a close and fertile relationship, where we see possibilities and find solutions together.”

Gjermund Johannessen, CEO of Norwegian Ship Design.

Egil Ulvan Rederi and Norwegian Ship Design have jointly presented technical solutions with focus on energy efficiency and thus reduced fuel costs, in several meetings with the cargo owners and experts from DNV.

The ship concept has the project name “With Orca” – Powered by Nature, as a significant part of the energy required to operate the vessel will be harvested directly from the nature trough two large rotor sails. The vessel’s sailing route will mostly be in open waters in the North Sea, where wind conditions are good for wind assisted propulsion. To counter drifting, the vessel will be equipped with a specially developed keel. During 2021 the ship concept will be fully developed and optimized, aiming at ordering the vessel by the end of the year. The ship shall enter operation in early 2024.

Anela Dokso

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