Design/Type approval

Design/Type approval

This LAP analyses the rules surrounding the Design/Type approval of Hydrogen Fuell Cell Powered vessels. It looks, specifically into:
• the responsible authority delivering the permit/approval
• the procedures to be followed
• the requirements for the use of fuel cells (incl. additional requirements in case of liquid or compressed hydrogen
• the specific type approval process for a hydrogen boat/ship
 
Permit / approval
a - Which is the responsible authority delivering the permit/ap
b - What are the procedures to be followed?
What are the requirements for the use of fuel cells?
a - All cases
b - Additional requirements in case of liquid hydrogen
c - Additional requirements in case of compressed hydrogen
Who can do the technical implementation work (professional skills requirement)?
Is there a specific type approval process for a hydrogen boat/ship? If yes, please specify, e.g. how long does the procedure take and what are the costs to obtain a type approval?
Is it a barrier? Yes
Type of Barrier Regulatory gap
Assessment Severity
3
Assessment The absence of specific rules for the type/design approval of hydrogen fuel cells vessels is a major obstacle for the commercial deployment of hydrogen fueled vessels in the maritime sector.
The “alternative design process” is currently the only means for approval of hydrogen vessels.
This process implies much higher cost, regulatory uncertainty and delays (estimation of more than one extra year for approval, as compared with other, more established technologies).
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