The main barrier for the development and certification of safe, reliable, robust, economically viable and eco-friendly hydrogen-based fuels passenger ships is the lack of a normative framework based on a comprehensive knowledge database and a full experimental data campaign.

The project aims to contribute to the development of a goal-based regulatory framework on the use of hydrogen and hydrogen-based alternative fuels for waterborne transport. Through a lean-agile methodological approach the project will identify and ensure the correct management of risks in all aspects related to design and operation of passenger ships.

e-SHyIPS | On the wave of hydrogen

This purpose will be satisfied by:

  • defining a pre-standardization plan for the IGF Code update of the section for hydrogen-based fuels passenger ships
  • suggesting the implementation and modification of international standards and RCS for a more harmonised normative landscape
  • creating a roadmap to boost the Hydrogen economy in the maritime sector
  • providing appropriate tools for the ship designers and engineers

The project has five objectives:

  • Generate new and missing knowledge to define a standardized database and a data gathering methodology on the arrangement and installation of hydrogen-based fuels systems for propulsion and auxiliary purposes.
  • Provide unique experimental data for the definitions of mandatory criteria for the arrangement and installation of machinery, equipment and systems for vessels operating with hydrogen-based fuels to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew, passengers and the environment.
  • Propose a pre-standardization plan for IGF code update for the hydrogen-based fuels passenger ships international regulation.
  • Provide a roadmap for the adoption of hydrogen-based fuels on passenger ships in EU maritime sector, to boost the hydrogen economy.
  • Develop CFD models and tools for ship design and safety assessment, by exploiting the potentialities of Complex System Simulation SWs and HPC, in synergy with the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking