Australia and Japan have inked a deal to ship liquid hydrogen (H2) in bulk for the first time.

In the pilot project, which is due to commence in 2020, the liquid gas will be transported from Australia to Japan.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) is building the project’s liquid H2 carrier in Japan which will safely transport the liquid H2 between the two countries.

The International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code), mandatory under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, does not currently cover the transportation of liquid H2.

In laying the groundwork for this deal, Australia and Japan worked together to develop an interim set of shipping safety standards.

Representatives from the two countries signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra on 11th January.

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