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Hydrogen fuel system for cruise ships wins DNV approval

Classification society DNV granted preliminary approval to a hydrogen-based energy system for a cruise ship.

The system was created as part of the FreeCO2ast project to develop a hydrogen energy system for two coastal cruise ships belonging to Norwayit is Havila KystrutenDNV said in a statement posted to its website Wednesday.

Preliminary approval from DNV means the company can now enter its final design phase.

“The Alternative Design Approval process is used for new ship designs that cannot be approved with current prescriptive regulations and final approval is granted by the Flag State,” Ivar HabergDirector of Vessel Classification Approval at DNV Maritime, said in the statement.

“We at DNV were very pleased that HAV Group ASA selected us as the chosen partner to perform a third party verification review as part of the alternative design approval process.

“Our assessments showed that the preliminary design complied with the purpose and functional requirements of the IGF Code (IMO International Safety Code for ships using gases or other low flash point fuels). “