Exhibition & Conference

13-16 September 2021

Singapore EXPO, Singapore

Technical Programme

Koichi Nishifuji

Manager, technical Solution Department

Nippon kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)

Ahmer Saeed

Site Manager, Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier Project, Shell Shipping & Maritime technology

Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd. (STASCO)

Yukichi Takaoka

Senior Staff Officer, Technology Development Department

HySTRA(CO2-free Hydrogen Supply Chain Technology Research Association)

16:00 - 16:30

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

T1.2 Design and Operation of the first LH2 Carrier

Hydrogen energy consuming society became reality with the advent of fuel cell-powered vehicles.  Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) Carriers will sail soon in world-wide routes and will enable meeting cleaner world energy demand. This will pave the way for follow-on large scale hydrogen power generations and the consumption of large quantities of hydrogen in Japan as one of alternative energies.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) has developed and designed a LH2 Carrier in collaboration with Shell and ClassNK for a pilot HESC (Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain) project conducted by HySTRA (CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-Chain Technology Research Association) established in 2016 among KHI, Iwatani Corporation, Shell Japan Limited, and J-Power (Electric Power Development Co., Ltd), and promoted by NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) in Japan. This pilot LH2 carrier is now under construction at KHI’s Kobe shipyard, and will debut in 2020 aiming to demonstrate design and all operational stages required for intercontinental marine bulk transportation of Liquefied Hydrogen. The first international seagoing operation between Japan and Australia is planned in 2021. Shell intends to operate the vessel.

This topic was presented during Gastech Tokyo, 2017. This paper is continuation and aims to explain the development and refinement of design and operational philosophy. This include overarching risk assessment and utilization of risk-based approach in addition to regulatory requirements to identify and mitigate the risks associated with novel technologies utilized and novel operational elements required for the safe carriage of LH2 in bulk.