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 Operational barrier, Economic barrier, Regulatory gap
Assessment Severity
3
Assessment Since there are no hydrogen–driven vessels there is no specific regulation. HEPIC (Hydrogen Electric Passenger venICe boat) is the first Hydrogen/FC Italian passenger boat. At the moment the objective for this vessel is obtaining the IGF Code (International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low–flashpoint fuels) . The IGF code contains mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low–flashpoint fuels, focusing initially on liquefied natural gas (LNG), not specifically for hydrogen . After receiving the IGF code from RINA it would be possible to receive from Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport a provisional permission for navigation.

Currently the lack of hydrogen boat/ship regulation implies long procedures to obtain permission for navigation and a delay in sector development. National regulation on hydrogen laying down the groundwork for the future development of hydrogen–powered vessels is needed.
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