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The FPS team continues to work hard with our partners on various projects in relation to the FPS Maas and our new fleet of three vessels to further our journey towards zero-emission shipping. Acceleration of course has at times been slower than we would all have liked or hoped for, but progress is being made every day and we are proud of the significant strides we are making.

Getting new and innovative technologies into the water, also in conjunction with the pandemic has required us to readjust timelines, but rest assured, we are doing our very best to have the FPS Maas sailing on hydrogen as soon as possible. Our quest for a greener more efficient way to ‘future proof shipping’ and to accelerate to a zero-emissions shipping world will never waver.

Richard and the FPS Team

Our Latest Updates

FPS Celebrate 5 Years!

Happy Birthday! This month, all of us at Future Proof Shipping are celebrating our 5 year anniversary! We marked the special occasion with a small drinks reception to toast our proud moments with key people and organisations that have helped us tremendously along the way. This was followed by a fun team dinner with our families. As our Founder, Huib van de Grijspaarde put it, we started as a consultancy to help ship and cargo owners get to zero, and somewhere along the way we ourselves became a shipowner to prove it could be done. While we can’t celebrate a…

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Future Proof Shipping selects Ballard fuel cells for FPS Waal

Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has selected Ballard Power Systems to provide PEM fuel cells for the retrofitting of its second inland container vessel, the FPS Waal. Once the project is complete, the vessel will operate emissions-free, powered by green hydrogen fuel. Powering Technology This agreement will see the 109,8 x11,40 x 3,53 m FPS Waal receive six FCwaveTM modules. As a result, the vessel will have a fuel cell capacity of 1.2 MW. As the world’s first DNV type-approved fuel cell module for marine applications, FCwaveTM uses proven technology from Ballard’s heavy-duty module platform to deliver reliable performance, high power…

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FPS Maas Sails to Shipyard for Retrofit

We’ve arrived! It’s now time to make shipping history!

Celebrations are in order this week as our inland vessel, the FPS Maas, made her final voyage on diesel and an internal combustion engine from Belgium to Rotterdam.

The container ship arrived at the Holland Shipyards Group shipyard in Werkendam on Monday. And finally, after years of hard work and preparation, the retrofit to a zero-emission vessel can begin!

Over the coming months, the engine will be removed, and a hydrogen and fuel cell propulsion system will be installed.

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FPS Waal follows in the wake of the Maas…

FPS Waal, the second inland container vessel we added to our fleet of inland vessels, is progressing on its zero-emissions journey thanks to the continued support of the Interreg North Sea Region.

Work on the Zero Emission Ports North Sea – ZEM Ports NS projects is speeding up as we head towards the retrofit of our first inland vessel, FPS Maas, to 100% green hydrogen power and now the FPS Waal will benefit from a pre-paved path towards zero-emissions shipping.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fabrication Commences

A rare glimpse into the fabrication of a hydrogen fuel cell for our FPS Maas!

When developing sustainable technology, everything is new. This makes the process of creating a zero-emissions ship a challenge, but it’s never dull. Together with our partners Koedood Marine Group, Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology and Kooiman Marine Group we are currently in the midst of preparing our first fuel cell system for its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).

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