In the maritime industry, there is a significant journey ahead in moving to more sustainable operations. While the objective is widely recognised, the relevant solutions have not yet been developed and the roadmap is still unclear.
These challenges even transcend the maritime sector. For example, the production of ‘green fuels’ has not yet been scaled up sufficiently, although demand will most certainly rise. This is why Royal IHC recognises the importance of working together with both customers and suppliers, as well as national governments, to develop joint solutions.
Royal IHC has the ambition of becoming the go-to maritime knowledge partner in the transition to zero emission solutions. However, major changes are expected over the next decade and any investments must be future-proof. That’s why – in close cooperation with our stakeholders – we are proactively developing solutions, not only in theory, but also in practice.
At Royal IHC, we want to use our expertise to create vessel designs that are sustainable, yet competitive and can operate efficiently long into the future. The next step is to go beyond the reduction of harmful emissions and aim to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. To make sustainable ships a reality, we are working together in innovation partnerships and joint industry projects.Read more
We are involved in several developments that aim to achieve the highest levels of fuel efficiency. Such improvements contribute directly to sustainability and also help facilitate the integration of new fuels and technologies. Relevant projects include the optimisation of hull shapes and drive systems, as well as the integration of waste-heat recovery systems.Read more
Royal IHC has a proven track record in building sustainable ships, such as the SCHELDT RIVER, the first LNG hopper dredger on the market. We have overseen the first application of LNG on a complex work vessel, largely eliminated harmful emissions on such ships, and developed other innovations that further reduce fuel consumption.Read more
Methanol is expected to be one of the fuels in the renewable fuel mix for the transportation sector. Royal IHC is exploring the use of this fuel in its work vessels and participates in sector-wide cooperation projects in this field. Its properties make methanol a feasible option as an alternative maritime fuel, because the handling and storage of methanol is much simpler than cryogenic fuels such as LNG and liquefied hydrogen.Read more
Efficiency improvement measures will play a significant role in enabling the introduction of alternative fuels and zero emission vessels. At IHC, we have developed a tool to assist designers in making the right choices in an early stage when it comes to drive system configuration and drive system components. The tool helps them with calculating the performance of the drive system, fuel consumption and emission.Read more
Innovative and complex drive systems are required for the maritime energy transition. Fuel cells are the prime mover for the future and yet, you may wonder if internal combustion engines still have a role in future drive systems? Benny Mestemaker discuses this topic in this blog.Read more
Royal IHC has been developing zero-emission concepts for several vessel types (from dredging to offshore) to eliminate the emissions of high-end complex vessels. This innovation blog focuses on Royal IHC's zero-emission concept: the SOV T60-18.Read more
"Drive systems of zero-emission vessels will be electric, and fuel cells will be introduced as the main power supply, replacing combustion engines in many applications", states Bernardete Goncalves Castro in her blog.Read more
Emission reduction is one of the biggest innovation challenges for the maritime industry. As a result of the Paris Agreement, a transition towards zero-emission vessels has started, as conventional fossil fuels will be largely replaced by clean alternatives that are produced either from biomass or renewable energy.Read more