LISCR approves liquefied hydrogen carrier design of Korea Shipbuilding
Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and its shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have been approved in principle (AIP) by the South Korean shipbuilder for the construction of a major commercial liquefied hydrogen carrier.
The approval in principle has been granted by the Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) and the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).
The approval paves the way for the shipbuilder to accept orders in the future for a carrier of liquefied hydrogen.
KSOE, HMD and Hyundai Glovis, a logistics company based in Seoul and part of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, built the 20,000 cbm vessel jointly.
Specifically, after reducing its gas-state volume by 1/800 and then liquefying it below minus 253 degrees Celsius, the ship can hold large volumes of hydrogen.
The AIP comes ten months after the first liquefied hydrogen carrier in Japan was launched worldwide. In 2016, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Iwatani Corporation (Iwatani), Shell Japan Limited, and Electric Power Production Co. , Ltd. (J-POWER) formed an 8000-ton unit owned by the CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA), with the goal of promoting hydrogen as a fuel source.
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