Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has unveiled a concept for a first-of-its kind full liquid hydrogen-based SOV design.

The France-headquartered company said it has been working alongside Norway’s ship design firm Salt Ship Design as well as main equipment suppliers, fuel providers, class and flag authorities, and others to develop a liquid hydrogen SOV concept —with support from the European Commission.

The liquid-H2 SOV, currently in the concept design phase, would be able to operate 95% of the time with zero carbon emission, with vessel only releasing water during standard operations.

“This would have a huge positive impact on offshore windfarm operations-related emissions, by preventing the release of about 4.000t of CO2 per year,” LDA said in a statement.

“We believe that H2 as fuel is one of the key enablers for reducing the impact of shipping industry in the coming years and help reaching the challenging carbon emission targets for the whole industry,” the company added.

LDA highlighted the fact that “the vessel will display best-in-class CSOV operability footprint, with up to 90 technicians onboard, together with 14-days endurance at sea without requiring additional offshore facility, nor heavy port infrastructure.”

Source: Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA).