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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

Yard time for FPS Waal!

Following in the wake of our FPS Maas (now H2 Barge 1), the FPS Waal has just sailed its last inland voyage on a diesel engine! The container ship arrived at the Holland Shipyards Group shipyard in Werkendam this week, where its retrofit to a zero-emission hydrogen-powered vessel will commence! ♻ In order to sail 100% emissions-free, all the vessel’s internal combustion engines will be removed and a new fully zero-emissions propulsion system, including PEM fuel cells, hydrogen storage, battery packs and an electric drive train will be installed. Over the coming weeks, the main engine and generators will be…

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Newly-developed hydrogen training brought to you by FPS and Maritieme Academie Harlingen

Future Proof Shipping (FPS) is currently retrofitting its first inland vessel FPS Maas to sail on green hydrogen. In order to train the crew onboard to work safely with hydrogen (H2) and gain awareness of any potential hazards, they contacted the Maritieme Academie Harlingen (MAH) with a collaboration request. The idea is for FPS and MAH to develop a new training standard in Europe for working with hydrogen onboard ships. In a unique step to mature the H2 economy in the maritime industry in Europe, the FPS and MAH teams will work together with PLATINA3. Collaboration is key PLATINA3 is…

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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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