ABS approves GEV H2 carrier; Steelhead Composites doubles storage capacity
Hydrogen has a vital role to play in global decarbonisation initiatives both within shipping and the wider economy.
Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has received Approval in Principle (AIP) from ABS for its compressed hydrogen carrier design with a 430-tonne cargo capacity.
The approval for the hydrogen-powered Handymax vessel follows an ABS AIP, which GEV received in July 2021 for a compressed hydrogen vessel with a 2,000-tonne capacity. GEV’s Handymax design can enter most ports and is equipped with dual-fuel engine powering generators coupled to two electric drive fixed pitch propellers or a dynamic positioning system.
Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Director, said, “Safe and efficient transport of hydrogen at sea will be critical to the development of the infrastructure required for its wider adoption, and we are proud to be able to support GEV with its innovative designs.”
Martin Carolan, MD of GEV, added, “Marine storage and transport solutions are required for hydrogen to contribute to global decarbonisation ambitions.”
Separately, Steelhead Composites (hydrogen storage solutions provider) has expanded the second facility in Wheatridge (Colorado, US) for making composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) for compressed hydrogen storage. The facility has been approved in the company’s ISO 9001, AS9100 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental management systems. It produces pressure vessels in various sizes, shapes, and pressures serving a wide variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, aviation, marine, rail, and others. The facility will double Steelhead Composites annual production capacity. The company expects to build hundreds of Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPVs) daily. In 2020, Steelhead Composites received over 1,000 hydrogen-related storage inquiries from 36 countries.