Nordic JIPs driving a low-carbon maritime future
In the wake of Nor-Shipping 2022 in Norway, Bureau Veritas is fully committed to contributing to the decarbonization of shipping in the Nordic region and further afield. To do this, we are actively involved in a number of innovative joint industry projects (JIPs) throughout Scandinavia, helping shape a better maritime world.
A hub for green fuel expansion in Denmark
Bureau Veritas is one of eight stakeholders in the ambitious Bornholm Bunker Hub JIP. The consortium’s initial objective is to establish a green marine fuel bunkering station on the Danish island of Bornholm aimed at the 60,000 ships passing by it each year. Plans are well under way with a call for partners and customers recently issued.
Longer term, the goal is to supply green fuels, such as ammonia and hydrogen, using local Power-to-X production. Bureau Veritas is supporting the initiative by providing technical and regulatory expertise for the safe storage and handling of green fuels, as well as addressing their certification.
Gijsbert de Jong, Marine Chief Executive Nordics at Bureau Veritas, explains: “The Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium has demonstrated that collaboration between companies across the value chain can achieve real progress towards decarbonizing shipping.”
Advancing hydrogen-fueled shipping in Sweden
In 2021, Bureau Veritas participated in the Safe Hydrogen Installation On-Board project, established to further investigate the use of hydrogen as well as related safety and regulatory issues. Led by Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the JIP conducted a feasibility study with a concept installation. The objective was to prepare the ground for a full-scale installation of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell driveline in an existing ship—a retrofit.
The project was based around Ventrafiken's passenger ferry Uraniborg, which operates in southern Sweden. It included hazard identification and an analysis of regulations. Bureau Veritas’ guidelines for fuel cell systems on-board commercial ships were used in this review and published in January 2022 as new rule note NR547. The result is a valuable contribution to advancing hydrogen-fueled shipping.
Accelerating carbon capture technology in Norway
Launched at the end of 2021, EverLoNG is a JIP backed by Bureau Veritas. The project has just received €3.4 million in funding from the ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT3) initiative. Its aim is to demonstrate carbon capture on two LNG-fueled ships, assessing the infrastructure and regulatory requirements. The long-term anticipated outcome is to advance ship-based carbon capture technology to reduce carbon emissions from ships by 70%.
The project scope also targets improving cost efficiency and assessing the feasibility and risk of this technology aboard vessels. With an end date of September 2024, the JIP will take carbon capture from technology readiness level (TRL) 4, validated in a laboratory, to TRL7, meaning a system prototype demonstration in an operational environment.
Bureau Veritas is proud to be contributing to more than 100 innovative JIPs to advance industry research and development. By working together, we can develop a greener maritime future, by your side.