A grant has been issued by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Public, under its Green Deal initiative, in support of the first Dutch inland navigation barge powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
The project, administered under the Dutch Green Deal for zero-emission shipping and ports, will not just be a flagship of the Dutch maritime hydrogen movement, but will likewise establish a backbone of maritime hydrogen refuelling options in both the Port of Rotterdam and the northern Netherlands Groningen Seaports.
The ‘Antonie’ will be a newly built inland navigation barge operated by Lenten Scheepvaart which will be responsible for transporting salt between the Port of Rotterdam and Groningen Seaports.
Therefore, this will connect two of the Netherlands largest hydrogen sources via inland waterways.
The charter will be issued by Nouryon, which will also be the hydrogen supplier, and contracted by the NPRC Cooperation with the fuel cell power system being provided by Koedood Marine Group.