McDermott’s CB&I, DSME to work on large LH2 carrier design

McDermott’s unit CB&I and South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering are joining forces to develop a large liquefied hydrogen carrier including an LH2 storage tank design.

In that regard, the two firms signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study, according to a statement by Houston-based McDermott.

The ability to ship large quantities of hydrogen across the ocean is an increasing need to help countries, like South Korea, achieve carbon reduction goals in a hydrogen economy, it said.

As part of the study, CB&I will evaluate its LH2 storage tank design for ocean-going ships and DSME will investigate and develop the ship’s general design to install the LH2 storage tank.

CB&I spheres can store LH2 at temperatures of minus 423 degrees Fahrenheit or about 217 Celisus, and the company is nearing completion of the “world’s largest” LH2 sphere in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

McDermott expects the output of the feasibility study to contribute to the future design of a large-scale LH2 carrier.

DSME, which is being acquired by South Korea’s Hanwha Group, won orders for 44 ships this year, including six LNG-powered containerships and 36 LNG tankers.

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