Successful Sea Trial Marks H2 Barge 1’s first Voyage towards Sustainable Shipping.

Last week, Future Proof Shipping celebrated the successful launch of the H2 Barge 1, the world’s first hydrogen-powered inland containership. Nedstack and Koedood are proud to be part of this zero-emission project. The H2 Barge 1 chartered by BCTN on behalf of Nike EMEA, will operate between Rotterdam and BCTN's inland terminal in Meerhout, drastically reducing CO2 emissions by 2,000 tonnes per year. Today, we are thrilled to share the vessel completed a successful loaded sea trial.

Dutch shipping company Future Proof Shipping (FPS) embarked on this momentous voyage, testing the capabilities of the world's first hydrogen-powered zero-emissions inland container ship. Loaded with cargo, the H2 Barge 1 set sail, showcasing its advanced hydrogen and fuel cell system, which boasts an impressive 825 kW capacity for propulsion and auxiliary power. Supported by a 5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the vessel demonstrated its peak shaving, secondary, and bridging power capabilities.

This successful sea trial represents a significant step forward in the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry. The H2 Barge 1's cutting-edge technology, including its 750V DC bus bar and advanced e-motor for propulsion, performed admirably, highlighting the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy source for maritime transportation.

The sea trial not only demonstrated the vessel's technical capabilities but also showcased the commitment and dedication of FPS and its partners to pave the way for zero-emission shipping. It signifies a collective effort to drive sustainability and inspire others to embrace environmentally friendly practices in the maritime sector.

Future Proof Shipping remains committed to its vision for a greener future and is already planning the retrofitting of three more container vessels with zero-emissions hydrogen propulsion systems. These ongoing efforts exemplify the company's determination to revolutionize the shipping industry and contribute to a more sustainable and cleaner planet.

This innovative project is supported by funding from the Dutch RVO (Subsidie Duurzaam Scheepvaart scheme), Interreg North Sea Program (via the ZEM Ports NS project) and a stimulation scheme for sustainable inland shipping from the Port of Rotterdam, which is executed by the Expertise en InnovatieCentrum Binnenvaart (EICB).

H2 Barge 1

About Koedood Marine Group

Koedood Marine Group in Hendrik Ido Ambacht has been a leading and innovative company in the shipping sector for many years. After the company was founded in 1961, the Koedood family has grown it into an established player in Mitsubishi engines for inland shipping, offshore and seagoing vessels.

In 2021 Koedood was taken over by the Storm Group, a family business founded more than 80 years ago. Both companies share the same family values ​​and dynamics, making them a complementary team of subsidiaries that work closely together. Together we move forward!Website:

About Nedstack fuel cell technology

Nedstack is a Dutch developer and manufacturer of PEM Fuel cell power solutions for high power and safety relevant applications. Nedstack was founded in 1999 and is incorporated in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is committed to contribute to a NetZero society by delivering state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell based power solutions. Website: