Windcat Workboats has received the first hydrogen bunker permit in the port of IJmuiden, allowing them to hydrogen-bunker the Hydrocat 48.
The bunkering of hydrogen for ships is a significant development for the sustainability of shipping and the ports of IJmuiden and Amsterdam. Sailing on hydrogen helps North Holland achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.
Together with the IJmond Environment Agency, Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V., and the Port of Amsterdam, Windcat Workboats looked into what was required to enable the bunkering of hydrogen. On behalf of the municipality of Velsen, Environment Agency IJmond has issued an environmental permit for this activity.
For the purpose of building and maintaining offshore wind farms, crew transportation is provided by the Hydrocat 48. The ship is currently sailing in IJmuiden, where the pilot for bunkering hydrogen in IJmondhaven was finished. Following that, the ship will leave the port of Ostend to perform its routine operational tasks, which include the upkeep of 44 Vestas turbines at the Belgian wind farm Norther.
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