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Implementation of Ship Hybridisation

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende


Date de début


Date de fin


Project budget

15 984 447

ERDF amount

9 206 068

ERDF rate


    À propos

    Common challenge

    Shipping industry and suppliers must invest in low carbon propulsion systems, but facing a number of market failures, as:

    • Vessels have long operational lifetimes (30–40 years), so little incentive to retrofit or replace
    • Number of new built ships per year is low, so ROI in innovative systems for shipbuilders is low
    • Limited faith and knowledge in effectiveness of alternative propulsion technologies
    • Alternative fuelling infrastructures in ports are limited
    • Regulation, security and certification haven’t been clarified
    • Market control of traditional oil/gas companies, protecting traditional fuel systems

    To tackle barriers, challenges are:

    • To demonstrate the effectiveness of low-carbon propulsion technologies in different types of vessels
    • To demonstrate the feasibility of H2 bunkering facilities in ports
    • To develop tools/methods which demonstrate and support the transition to low-carbon propulsion systems for new built vessels and by retrofitting

    Main Achievements

    ISHY has made a good start in the first period of the project (2019). All start-up documents have been delivered in time, the project/process management works well and some communication activities are realized (start conference, posters, press releases). In the 2nd year (2020) the project has made less progress. Due to COVID almost all pilot/investing partners have decided to postpone investments until they know what the impact of the virus will be on the overall economic situation and their own company. A positive aspect of this period was that companies have had more time to do more research on and rethinking of their original plans. The world of H2-shipping is only in an experimental phase. A lot of technical issues aren't solved yet and new developments are coming up almost every month. Therefor they now know much better what is possible, what they want to realise and what the real costs will be. This will lead to serious modifications in 4 of 5 pilots/investments. These changes are now worked out in detail and will lead to a proposal for a major modification to be submitted in beginning of May 2021. At that moment all investment partners will also know the new economic situation and the possibilities of their companies to invest in low carbon vessels.

    Because of this situation also the financial management and financial claims had serious delays. The same goes for communication; because a lot of things were/are so unsure, we decided to communicate less.

    Despite the COVID-crisis and the stagnation in the preparations of investments, the knowledge partners have made progress with their research activities in WP1: Output 1 is on track, output 2 has little delays, output 3 is ready, output 4 has serious delays because of changes in pilots and output 5 is fully on schedule. In WP2 research has taken place about hydrodynamic resistance of the pilot vessels and output 6 is completed. In output 7 some activities have taken place, but overall it will have serious delays. The conceptual design of the fuel cell power module (D.2.5.1 part of O8) is ready and the detailed design in progress.

    The cross-border cooperation proceeds well although we couldn't meet much. Knowledge partners have collaborated well on the development of tools and methods and pilot partners contributed there where needed. In the other way around, knowledge partners have supported pilot partners with preparational works. All partners make good contributions to meetings and workshops.



    NV Economische Impuls Zeeland

    Solent University


    Rondvaartbedrijf Zilvermeeuw bv

    Technische Universiteit Delft

    Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France

    GEO Aqua

    Yerseke Engine Services

    Hybrid Marine Ltd BV


    Katholieke Hogeschool Vives Zuid

    Vera Cruz Shipping bvba



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    Thème: Adoption of technologiesPorts
    Type: Method/service
    Target: SMEs /enterprises