Hydrogen 'can power virtually all container ships crossing the Pacific'

By: Leigh Collins
March 4, 2020

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Liquid hydrogen could power nearly all container vessels crossing the Pacific ocean — one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world — according to a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).  The international shipping industry currently uses heavy fuel oil derived from crude, and is a major source of CO2 emissions.  

The ICCT study found that 99% of the transpacific voyages made in 2015 could have been powered by hydrogen and fuel cells, with more than half of those requiring either minor changes to fuel capacity — by replacing 5% of cargo space with extra storage for the clean fuel, or by adding an additional port of call to refuel. About 43% of the voyages could have taken place without any such changes.