According to KHI, the world’s first liquified hydrogen Suiso Frontier has accomplished her voyage to take the first LH2 cargo from Australia.
Last December, Suiso Frontier has started her voyage from Japan to pick up the first LH2 cargo in Australia. The vessel then arrived at Victoria’s Port of Hastings at the end of January. Then she is on her way back to Japan on 25 February 2022.
Marking the world’s first completion of maritime transportation of LH2 over long distances, Kawasaki says it will continue to test cargo handling and conduct data verification to ensure a successful outcome for the project. The main goal and vision are to build a global hydrogen supply chain.
The terminal Kobe LH2 Terminal “Hy touch Kobe” facilitates a 2,500 m3 volume spherical liquefied hydrogen storage tank that specializes in reducing heat transfer. The terminal features a loading arm system specially designed for transferring liquefied hydrogen between land-based facilities and ships.
Australia is investing around $1 billion into the development of its hydrogen industry. This also includes $329.5 million to develop clean hydrogen industrial hubs in regional Australia.
In addition, the country has launched the $106.50 million Australian Clean Hydrogen Trade Program. The program will support Australian-based hydrogen supply chain projects that secure overseas public or private sector investment. The first round of the program will specifically focus on the export of clean hydrogen to Japan under the Japan-Australia Partnership on Decarbonization through Technology.
The 8,000 tonnes Suiso Frontier can transport large quantities of LH2 over long distances by sea. Here, the LH2 is at 1/800 of its original gas-state volume, cooled to –253°C.
In addition, the ship features a diesel-electric propulsion system and can achieve a speed of 13.0 knots. The ClassNK-classed vessel has the capacity to carry 25 people.
KHI Kawasaki previously said the Suiso Frontier is only the first of many more hydrogen carriers it wants to build in the future.