The ability to ship large quantities of hydrogen across the ocean is an increasing need to help countries, like South Korea, achieve carbon reduction goals in a hydrogen economy.

CB&I will evaluate its LH2 storage tank design for ocean-going ships and DSME will investigate and develop the ship’s general design to install the LH2 storage tank. The output of the feasibility study is expected to contribute to the future design of a large-scale LH2 carrier.

Cesar Canals, Senior Vice President of CB&I, said, “The development of LH2 storage for ocean-bound vessels is essential to South Korea’s focus on a carbon-neutral environment.”

CB&I spheres can store LH2 at temperatures of -423F, and the company is nearing completion of the world’s largest LH2 sphere in Cape Canaveral.

Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries has designed a vessel able to store 160,000 cu m of liquefied hydrogen (equivalent to 11,200 tonnes), which is comparable in volume to a standard liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier.

Last year Wilhelmsen joined forces with Hyundai Glovis to focus on new opportunities within the global gas shipping market, looking into alternative vessel fuels such as liquified hydrogen. The companies signed an MoU to exchange expertise and competency to improve existing technology and service areas.

McDermott International was recently awarded a contract by TotalEnergies EP Angola Block 17/06 for engineering, procurement, supply, construction, installation, pre-commissioning and assistance to commissioning and start-up (EPSCI) on its Begonia Project. The Begonia field is located offshore Angola in water depth between 400-750m.