The IJmuiden-based offshore company Windcat Workboats was recently granted a hydrogen bunker license. A first as this has not occurred in the Netherlands before. In addition the developments Windcat Workboats also a nomination for the Maritime Awards gala at. 'It is going for hydrogen.
Hydrogen bunkering for ships is an important development for making the ports of IJmuiden and Amsterdam and shipping more sustainable. Sailing on hydrogen contributes to the ambition of the province of North Holland to be climate neutral by 2050. Windcat Workboats examined together with Omgevingsdienst IJmond, Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V. and Port of Amsterdam what was needed to make bunkering hydrogen possible. Omgevingsdienst IJmond granted an environmental permit for this activity on behalf of the municipality of Velsen.
Key role North Sea Canal Area
The North Sea is seen as an important location for the supply of renewable energy. From the North Sea Canal Area, much of the 21 GW of offshore wind planned for 2030 will be realized and maintained. Now that the ships heading to wind farms can fuel up on hydrogen, working on this transition is made as clean as possible.
KNVR Shipping Award
With the hydrogen bunkering permit, Windcat Workboats also expects to accelerate the use of hydrogen as a green fuel. But the fact that a hydrogen-powered vessel is being used at all is worthy of nomination, according to the Maritime Awards committee.
The Hydrocat 48 is used to transport crew to and from offshore wind farms for wind farm construction and maintenance. Because the vessel is the first hydrogen-powered Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV), Windcat Workboats was nominated for the KNVR Shipping award. Who can eventually go home with the award, we won't know until November when the awards will be presented during the gala.