Marine · Offshore · Industry


Alternative fuels, Hydrogen
14th April 2022

Hydrogen has gained much spotlight as alternative energy fuel in recent years. The marine industry is also now seriously considering Hydrogen as a viable option. There are several ongoing studies to study the viability of Hydrogen as a possible fuel. This post will look at Hydrogen and give you some key facts. 

Hydrogen is a colorless, odorless, and non-toxic gas. There are three ways in which ships can use hydrogen for marine applications:
  1. Cryogenic Liquid: The volumetric density of liquefied H2 (LH2) (71 kg/m3) is only 7% that of HFO. This results in approximately five times the volume compared to the same energy stored in the form of HFO, resulting in more volume and transport cost.
  2. Compressed gas under high pressure: When stored as a compressed gas, its volume is roughly ten to 15 times (depending on the pressure [700 to 300 bar]) the volume of the same amount of energy when stored as HFO.
  3. Hydrogen can also be stored within solids (a phenomenon called absorption) or on the surfaces of solids (adsorption). Both of these methods are not so commonly utilized in marine applications. 

Hydrogen is the lightest of all elements, around 14 times lighter than air. Due to its density, it leaks very quickly and thus requires special attention in handling and logistics.

Despite its difficulties in handling, Hydrogen is a widely used chemical commodity. It can be currently produced in two ways:
  1. Using Natural Gas: note that CO2 is a byproduct of this extraction process. If carbon capture is part of the process, it can significantly reduce carbon emissions. 
  2. Using electrolysis: this relates the cost to the generation of electricity. Electrolysis is particularly interesting because it does not require any existing infrastructure except electricity generation. In particular, if the electricity is produced through nuclear and renewable energy, then carbon emissions can be extremely low if not net zero.

But what technologies can be utilized to generate energy from Hydrogen without carbon emissions and any compromise on efficiency?

Fuel cells seem to be the most popular method, mainly because it doesnโ€™t produce any carbon and could even eliminate NOx, SOx, and particulate matter (PM) emissions from ships. Other technologies are also being considered, including gas turbines and internal combustion engines. The important thing to note is that the lifetime of fuel cells is shorter than that of piston engines or turbines and depends on fuel quality and system operation management. In addition, while carbon emissions are still lower when compared with traditional fuels such as HFO, NOx is unavoidable when using internal combustion engines.

Conventional energy converters for Hydrogen like Internal Combustion Engines will have similar capital expenditures as LNG fuelled engines. But the real kicker comes when considering the cost of storage of Liquid Hydrogen due to its lower storage temperature and higher insulation quality. 
The price for H2 in the current market varies significantly because Hydrogen is still a part of the industrial gases market where individual contracts apply. Although one promising aspect to look forward to is when renewable energy production ramps up, then it can be used to produce Hydrogen, reducing the costs significantly

Hydrogen as an alternative fuel is still a promising option despite its complexity in handling and lack of significant infrastructure. 

*The numerical data is taken from DNV, Alternative FuelEncyclopedia. 

Rotterdam office opening ceremony performed by Andres Sutt, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia
6th April 2022

On the 4th of April, the Estonian Ambassador to The Netherlands, His Excellency Ambassador Lauri Kuusing, and SRC Netherlands BV hosted a grand opening event for SRC's expansion to the Port of Rotterdam. The opening ceremony was performed by Andres Sutt, the Minister of Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology of Estonia.

The new office is located at the corner of the entrance to Waalhaven. SRC will have direct access to a large quayside which is located adjacent to the new office facility with a berthing capacity of 45 m width and 10.5 m draught. Lifting services along the quayside are provided by four cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 100 tons. Additionally, storage facilities and covered fabrication areas are provided. Complementary logistic services can be provided by SRCโ€™s onsite partner Broekman Logistics.

The relocation to Europe's No. 1 shipping hub is a big step in the value proposition for our customers, with almost no limitations on the characteristics of ships that SRC can accommodate. With that move, SRC is stepping into the bigger maritime business playground and continues to secure future growth. 

Specialized in EPCI solutions to any vessel type in any location in the world and well-placed with knowledge and capability to lead and execute complex, multidisciplinary projects with tight schedules which require tailored solutions. From engineering to final installation โ€“ SRC has completed more than 5000 projects across the world and managed up to 1000 people per project. Offices in Estonia, Italy, Norway, Poland, the US, and the Netherlands.

In 2017, SRC Netherlands BV, part of the SRC Group AS was established in Dordrecht from where the company mainly focused on sales and business development activities.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Arthur de Boer (+31651759267) or Peter Cortie (+31630169336) at SRC Netherlands B.V.
SRC has launched its first-ever product - Remote Controlled Fairlead Locking System.
1st January 2022

We are proud to announce that SRC has launched its first-ever product called - Remote Controlled Fairlead Locking System.
The locking system is designed to withstand all possible ambient conditions in the offshore industry and to make the locking process faster and safer. The device helps operators and rig owners to reduce operational costs and greenhouse gases.
๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ is achieved by replacing the conventional way of manual locking process with the remote-controlled locking system, which is more safe and controlled, minimizing risk and damages caused by the slamming in both submerged and floating conditions.
๐‚๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐ . The expenses for the manual locking can be quite significant when it comes to the Rig off-hire period. This also includes shifting of modes from DP to Mooring, with the ballasting to transit draft, involvement of external services like reduced usage of support vessels, helicopters, and of course time and arrangements needed for the manual locking process.
๐‘๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ. The remote-controlled locking system is a step towards carbon neutrality and will support our customers in managing and achieving their sustainability targets. With the simplified shifting process, less energy will be consumed, and the carbon footprint for this specific process will be reduced.
We launched our new product at the Anchor Handling Conference and got very positive feedback. Thank you to everyone who came to listen to us!