EST-Floatetech on board for the renovation voyage of the river boat the “FPS Maas”, Future Proof Shipping has chosen a zero-emission hydrogen propulsion system.

On the path to zero-emission shipping, EST-Floatetech is part of the innovative FPS Maas retrofit project of Future Proof Shipping and Holland Shipyards Group. Both companies are actively working on sustainable projects, where HSG builds or renovates ships, and FPS, as a zero-emission shipowner, offers sustainable shipping services.

With the ‘FPS Maas’, FPS is on its way to build and operate a fleet of 10 zero-emission river and short sea vessels. For HSG, the redevelopment of the ‘Maas’ is part of their ambition to work on a greener and more sustainable shipping industry.

Dutch systems integrator Oechies is part of this project and has chosen to collaborate with EST-Floatetech on the refitting of the Maas to an H2-electric hybrid propulsion engine.

In August, the inland navigation container ship “FPS Maas” made its last trip on a diesel internal combustion engine from Belgium to Rotterdam. The container ship is currently at Holland Shipyards Group in Werkendam and after years of hard work and months of preparation, including energy profiling, the modernization of the vessel can begin.

During the modernization in the fourth quarter of 2022, diesel propulsion will be replaced by hydrogen technology, removing both the main engine and the gearbox and installing a new modular propulsion system. This will consist of electric motors, hydrogen tanks, a fuel cell system and an EST-Floatetech battery system with a capacity of 504 kWh.

In this case, EST-Floatetech’s reliable and DNV certified Green Orca system will be used for peak shaving, secondary and bridging power. In the Green Orca system, many hardware and software safeties are implemented to ensure safe and long-lasting operation of the batteries.

Walter van der PennenCommercial Director of EST-Floatech is proud to be part of such an innovative project with Future Proof Shipping, Holland Shipyards Group and Oechies:

We are delighted that after previous fruitful collaborations, Oechies has contacted us again and has chosen the robust Green Orca System.

“We are committed to contributing to a more sustainable world and through the delivery of these batteries we are supporting the marine industry in reducing emissions using hybrid propulsion systems.”

Fokke van der VeenDirector of Operations – Future Proof Shipping, said:

EST-Floatetech is one of the few that can provide the battery power required for the FPS Maas and we are delighted to have them on board in this ambitious project, through our partners at Oechies.

“We look forward to a constructive partnership in battery technology, not only during delivery and integration, but also during our operations.”

Once back in service, the ‘FPS Maas’ will transport containerized freight between Rotterdam and Antwerp.

About EST-Floatetech

EST-Floattech (2009) specializes in the development, delivery and installation of reliable, long-lasting and safe battery systems for marine and other applications. In-house developed battery management system software is integrated to ensure safe power delivery and charging.

The feasibility and reliability of EST-Floatetech’s battery technology is demonstrated by the over 200 projects we have completed involving vessels that have been sailing with our batteries for over a decade.

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EST-Floattech on board for the modernization voyage of the inland vessel “FPS Maas”, Badhoevedorp, 6 October 2022