MAN Cryo Develops Marine Fuel-Gas System for Liquefied Hydrogen

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…As Nobel Prize Winner Malala Names Celebrity Edge***

MAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen, in close cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway.

Multi Maritime’s hydrogen vessel design for Fjord1, including the fully integrated MAN Cryo – Hydrogen Fuel Gas System, has been granted preliminary approval in principle (AiP) by DNV-GL. As informed, the system is the first marine-system design globally to secure such an approval.

“As a solution for vessels employed on relatively short maritime routes, such as ferries, this technology is a world-first… Furthermore, Hydrogen is a clean fuel whose profile fits perfectly with the general desire within the industry to move towards cleaner technology. The possibilities for this technology are varied and exciting,” Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, said.

MAN Cryo developed the system design in-house at its headquarters in Gothenburg in close cooperation with the shipowner, Fjord1, and ship designer, Multi Maritime, in Norway.

“To secure this approval in principle shows the determination that MAN Energy Solutions has to advance cleaner shipping solutions…Our strategy is to actively work with our customers to design and promote cleaner ways of powering vessels,” Louise Andersson, Head of MAN Cryo, said.

According to MAN, the system has a scalable design that allows easy adaptation for different shipping types, sizes and conditions. The design is suited for both above- and below-deck applications.

Liquefied hydrogen has a temperature of -253° Celsius and is one of the absolutely coldest cryogenic gases there is, which places system components and materials under extreme stresses. Another design challenge was hydrogen’s explosive nature.

Once liquefied, hydrogen is reduced to 1/800th of its volume, compared to that of its gas phase, facilitating a more-efficient distribution. As a fuel, hydrogen does not release any CO2 and can play an important role in the transition to a clean, low-carbon, energy system. Liquefied hydrogen can be used to charge batteries for electrical propulsion via fuel-cell technology.

In the meantime, Celebrity Cruises hosted yesterday the naming ceremony for its brand new 117,000 gross ton cruise ship, Celebrity Edge.

The vessel was named by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a twenty-one-year old Pakistani activist, and the co-founder of Malala Fund, which campaigns for education of girls all around the world.

Malala set up the fund after being shot by a Taliban masked gunman in October 2012, while on her way home from school, for advocating for girls to go to school.

Celebrity Cruises has partnered up with Malala Fund to support its mission to facilitate 130 million school girls around the world who are out of school to get the 12 years of free, safe and quality education.

Malala embodies our commitment to opening the world through education and gender equality. Seeing her aboard our ship sends a powerful message to our crew who represent over 70 diverse nationalities, and our guests who we sail all over the world,” Celebrity’s President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, said.

Celebrity Edge, with 1,377 crew members from 72 different countries, departed from Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazzaire, France, on November 6, heading for  T25 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to prepare for its maiden voyage.

The ship is 300 meters long, 38 meters wide and has the capability to carry 2,900 guests in 1,450 staterooms.

One of the notable features of the ship is the so-called Magic Carpet, a 90-ton movable platform that is cantilevered over its side. This floating platform reaches a height of 13 stories above sea level. The ship also features a rooftop garden, dubbed the Eden.

Celebrity Edge will begin its inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before heading for the Mediterranean in 2019. Sailing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Celebrity Edge will set sail on its maiden voyage on December 9, 2018.

World Maritime News