Nike to use hydrogen-powered inland container ship in Europe
H2 Barge 1. Image by Future Proof Shipping (futureproofshipping.com)
The world’s first hydrogen-powered inland container vessel, H2 Barge 1, has been presented this week by US sportswear maker Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) and Dutch shipping company Future Proof Shipping (FPS).
The ship will begin operation in June, transporting Nike product for Europe. It will sail between Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Nike’s European Logistics Campus in Belgium. Nike is also partnering on the initiative with BCTN Network of Inland Terminals and hydrogen provider Air Liquide.
The sports goods manufacturer estimates that H2 Barge 1 will result in a reduction of 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
The vessel is a converted diesel barge. The retrofit project is backed by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Port of Rotterdam and Expertise- en InnovatieCentrum Binnenvaart, FPS said.
“Nike’s ultimate goal is to create a zero carbon, zero waste future,” said Eb Mukhtar, Vice President Operations and Logistics – Nike EMEA, adding that the H2 Barge 1 is an example of the company's investment in sustainable progress across logistics and transportation.