Nouryon, NPRC, and Lenten Scheepvaart have grouped together to explore the feasibility of sailing from Nouryon’s locations in Delfzijl, the Netherlands to Rotterdam on green hydrogen.
The partners will study a new inland vessel, the MS Antonie, that can sail on 100% green hydrogen, produced locally by Nouryon using renewable electricity.
“This is how we create the clean fuel for transporting part of our own products – a sustainable win-win,” said Knut Schwalenerg, Managing Director of Industrial Chemical at Nouryon.
The study aims to highlight that zero-emission transport by water is possible. The intention for the vessel is to use green hydrogen to transport salt which is used to manufacture chlorine and caustic soda.
“Hydrogen as a fuel is currently more expensive than other fuels. But as the technology progresses, it will become increasingly attractive and that makes this first step so important,” said Harm Lenten, Owner of Lenten Scheepvaart.
The initiative is part of the ‘Green Deal’ of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, which includes initiatives for low-carbon shipping.
“This is the first step towards zero emissions. The technology is available, and the three companies have the power to show that it is possible – more sustainable water transport,” said Stefan Meeusen, Director of NPRC.