With two new tankers order, HGK Shipping moves closer towards “ready for H2”

Expanding its fleet with innovative motorized tankers, HGK Shipping has placed the order for two type C tankers with Scheepsreparatiebedrijf De Gerlien van Tiem shipyard. With the new order, the Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG owned HGK Shipping has moved closer towards becoming a “ready for H2” company. The current fleet of HGK already has two vessels installed with alternative drive systems, the Synthese 18 and the Gas 94.

Falling in line with the company’s mission statement of “innovation & sustainability”, hydrogen now plays a very important role in the corporate strategy of HGK Shipping. The vessels will be deployed in the liquid chemical business unit and are being crafted to serve the customer demands of innovation and sustainability in this segment.

Norbert Meixner, Business Unit Director Liquid Chemicals, HGK Shipping said that they are convinced that hydrogen will be important in the future. He added that the company is expanding its fleet keeping the hydrogen design perspective in mind so that these new vessels could be operated with hydrogen in the future. In the design of new vessels, there is a provision of converting the void space in alternative ways such as hydrogen storage, batteries installations, etc.

Tim Godde, Business Unit Director Ship Management, HGK Shipping, appeared excited about the implementation of this future-oriented concept. He said that this project will be laying the foundation for the company to handle hydrogen-powered drive systems in the future. It is expected that the new vessels will be in service by the first quarter of 2023. The Dutch shipyard, Scheepsreparatiebedrijf De Gerlien van Tiem has been involved with HGK Shipping from the very nascent stage, the concept designing stage.

HGK Liquid Chemicals is a supplier of heavy and light liquid chemicals across various industries. The tanker fleet of the company transports nearly 6 million tonnes of liquid cargo along the Rhine River and its tributaries as well as in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

Photo Credits: Tanker "SYNTHESE 16", also part of the HGK Shipping fleet, captured by ship spotter dl3lat

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