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FPS Waal Retrofit Project


Vessel Type: Inland container vesseI
Dimensions: 110m x 11.4m
Available on hire: Q1 2024
Propulsion: 1200kW PEM Fuel Cell system (6x200kW)
Power: 682 kWh battery pack

Type of Hydrogen: Compressed H2 (100% Green Hydrogen)
Hydrogen Capacity: 2 x 500 kg in swappable containers
Emission reductions: 2000 tonnes CO2e annually

Project Timeline

Oct 2021 : Waal Purchased

Dec 2021 : FPS joins FLAGSHIPS project with FPS Waal as demonstrator in Rotterdam.

June 2022 : Retrofit Concept Design completed

July 2022 : HAZID study with Lloyd's Register complete

Sep 2022 : Plan Approval started

Nov 2022 : Ballard chosen as fuel cell supplier

Dec 2022 : Holland Shipyard appointed

Mar 2023 : FPS secured recommendation from CCNR to sail the FPS Waal on hydrogen

June 2023 : HAZOP with Lloyd's Register

July 2023 : Fuel cell and Battery room construction complete. Ready for installation onboard FPS Waal.

Aug 2023 : Application for ADN approval submitted

Aug 2023 : Final diesel journey to HSG. Retrofit at yard commences.


FLAGSHIPS : Funding received for Fuel Cells (3 x200kWe) and other equipment

Project info (in affiliations page already): The FLAGSHIPS project will take zero-emission waterborne transport to an entirely new level by deploying two commercially operated hydrogen fuel cell vessels in 2023. The Zulu will operate in France, and the FPS Waal between Rotterdam and Duisburg.

Interreg ZEM Ports NS : Funding received for Fuel cells (3x200kWe)

Project info : The objective of Zero Emission Ports North Sea (‘ZEM Ports NS’), is to facilitate the use of zero emission fuels (electric and hydrogen) in the North Sea Region ports and maritime sector. The project directly addresses the integration of zero emission fuels into the port refuelling infrastructure, and local energy systems, as well as, port and on-ship energy storage. ZEM Ports NS has provided funding to support the retrofitting of the FPS Waal project by subsidising key equipment such as the PEM Fuel Cells (600kWe).

SDS (RVO) : Funding received for electrical, propulsion, hydrogen equipment, and yardwork

The Subsidie Duurzame innovatieve Scheepsbouw (SDS), also known as ‘Subsidy for Sustainable Innovative Shipbuilding’, stimulates innovations for building/renovating inland vessels, seagoing vessels and offshore structures. The emphasis is on new, experimental technologies in the field of sustainability, emission reduction, alternative fuels and noise reduction.