Tata Steel Europe has teamed up with Dutch Van Dam Shipping to develop a hydrogen-powered vessel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping of steel coils. The vessel to be developed and go on a long-term contract with Tata Steel will be a short-sea vessel with a loading capacity of around 5,000 tonnes and will reportedly be the first of this type. Hydrogen-powered shipping currently consists primarily of inland vessels and small ferries, both hybrid, partially powered by hydrogen, and entirely powered by hydrogen. Every year, Tata Steel ships 2 million tonnes of steel coils to different countries within Europe. The aim is that from 2024, the hydrogen-powered ship can sail 100% CO2 emission-free and save about 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to a ship thatIn August last year, Tata Steel joined forces with Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines to develop and deploy an environmentally friendly carrier of raw materials for steel production. In September, the company also became the first steel producing signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter, a global framework for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of chartering activities.Van Dam is a small, family-run business that has eight cargo vessels, operating in Northern Europe, including a specialization in Finland on the Saimaa canal. The company has a history as an innovator seeking environmental solutions including at the end of 2019 installing a wind propulsion system on their 3,600 DWT general cargo vessel Ankie.