The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published a comprehensive risk assessment framework for shipping operators introducing hydrogen as a marine fuel to their fleet.
The Requirements for Hydrogen Fueled Vessels publication is a continuation of ABS’ attention to the alternative fuel, building upon projects such as the ABS-classed, Glosten-designed hydrogen-fueled research vessel for the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
ABS has also supported vessels such as Veer Voyage, a wind-powered containership with auxiliary fuel cell propulsion that utilizes green hydrogen as fuel, by leveraging the risk assessment defined in the new ABS document.
ABS is also at the forefront of the alternative fuels topic, leading a study for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on key aspects of the decarbonisation of shipping. The multi-year project is focused not only on hydrogen but also on sustainability technologies such as wind-assisted propulsion, air lubrication and other alternative fuels such as ammonia and biofuels.
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