Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman made a visit to the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier at the Jeddah Islamic Port on Wednesday. He watched the functioning of the giant Japanese ship, reports Arab News.
Visit to the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier
During the visit, Prince Abdulaziz was accompanied by Minister of Investment Eng. Khaled Al-Falih, Assistant Minister of Transport and Logistics Ahmed Al-Hassan, and the Japanese Consul General in Jeddah Izuru Shimura. The ministers were briefed on the innovative technologies that were used by the Japanese ship manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) in building the carrier Suiso Frontier. Saudi Arabia has focused on hydrogen production as part of its plans to become global leader in the clean hydrogen production and export sector.
The ship arrived at the port on the occasion of the official visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Saudi Arabia recently, of which the main mission was to introduce Japanese technology. It also paved the way for societies that will use hydrogen (clean energy), to cooperate with the company, to transport large quantities of hydrogen at a low cost through its tankers that it developed and would support its distribution. This is within the framework of its efforts to establish global supply chains on a large-scale, fully commercial using it as a preferred carrier.
The ship was built and developed with the support of the Japanese government to transport large quantities of liquefied hydrogen by sea. It is 116 meters long, 19 meters wide, and carries a double tank with a capacity of 1,250 cubic meters to retain hydrogen and maintain it at a temperature of -253 degrees Celsius.
The ship’s arrival comes within the framework of supporting the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to stimulate the green hydrogen economy, and to enhance its global leadership in the energy sector. It is also to confirm the high readiness of its ports to receive this type of ship, which dedicates its position as a global logistics center, and confirms the high competitive capabilities possessed by the Jeddah Islamic Port and its role in supporting the logistical system.
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Source: Arab News