Baltic Workboats Selects Genevos as Hydrogen Fuel Cell Supplier

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A first-of-its-kind 42-m long and 10-m wide zero emissions waste collector has been launched for construction by the Port of Klaipėda, the largest port by tonnage in the Baltic States. The vessel will operate on renewable energy powered by a hydrogen-electric energy system. Genevos will provide the Complete H2-Pack including engineering and commissioning services, alongside the delivery of two marine certified HPM-40 units.

The HPMs will be integrated as range extenders to provide increased energy security. The ‘H2 brick’ will complement the battery system of 2,000 kWh installed onboard to add an additional 40% of motoring range with an average motoring speed of 8 knots. This 24/7 operational tanker will be equipped to collect up to 400 m3 of waste from ships arriving at the Port of Klaipėda, which will subsequently be transported to treatment facilities onshore.

This 12 million Euro vessel is already in construction at BLRT Grupp and will be transported to Estonia to finish the building process at Baltic Workboats, an innovative shipyard located on the largest Estonian island, Saaremaa. The official keel-laying ceremony and press conference took place in Klaipėda at BLRT Grupp on June 21, 2024, with representatives from Klaipėda Port Authority, the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications, BLRT Grupp, and Baltic Workboats in attendance.

Peeter Raamat, Head of Research and Development at Baltic Workboats commented: “During our interactive and successful design process with the Port of Klaipėda, it was decided to install a hydrogen solution onboard the vessel. During these discussions, we conducted market research to identify the best possible partner for our requirements, ultimately selecting Genevos to deliver the full scope of the hydrogen solution. Baltic Workboats is pleased to have found a company that shares our values in advancing new technology in the maritime industry, thereby reducing CO2 emissions for a better future.”

This project represents a significant step forward in sustainability and environmental responsibility, improving both energy efficiency and setting new standards in eco-friendly maritime practices.

“This vessel will serve as a model for future projects, demonstrating the viability and benefits of renewable energy in maritime operations. We are excited about the positive environmental impact this project will have and the role it will play in advancing green technology in the industry,” Raamat continued.

Hydrogen has been actioned as the fuel of the future at the Port of Klaipėda, following the completion of a detailed environmental impact assessment. The Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency has authorized the production of this environmentally friendly fuel in the Port of Klaipėda. The design of the site and the purchase of equipment are currently underway. Hydrogen production is expected to start in 2026.

Genevos will complete the hydrogen power system commissioning in mid-2025 with delivery to the Klaipėda Port Authority by Q4 2025.

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