KSOE and Hyundai Heavy to work with Korean Register for hydrogen standards
The two companies plan to work together to establish hydrogen ship specifications, which they will apply to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) next year.
As South Korea's largest shipbuilder tries to catch up with this nascent ship type, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), the holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, has teamed up with class society Korean Register to create international standards for hydrogen-fueled ships and hydrogen carriers.
The requirements for safe handling of hydrogen, such as shipboard gas storage and fuel supply systems, as well as cargo handling systems, will be reviewed by KSOE and KR.
In October of last year, KSOE subsidiary Hyundai Mipo received class approval in principle for its 20,000 cu m liquefied hydrogen carrier concept.
In addition, the shipbuilder recently partnered with Ulsan City to create cargo containment systems for environmentally friendly fuels such as LNG and hydrogen.
Hyundai Heavy announced earlier this week that it is building ships that can hold CO2 and LPG at the same time as it develops new ship models to meet the world's evolving fuel mix.
The world's first liquefied hydrogen carrier has just entered operation in neighboring Japan. The Suiso Frontier, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has one 1,250 cu m vacuum-insulated Type C storage tank.
Maritime Business World