Sogestran

A RELIABLE
AND DEDICATED PARTNER

    Zulu06: Hydrogen-Powered Self-Propelled Vessel Project

    Zulu06: Hydrogen-Powered Self-Propelled Vessel Project

    September 13th, 2023

    The Zulu06 is a self-propelled urban distribution vessel equipped with hydrogen propulsion, set to navigate the Seine starting in 2024.

    This vessel is one of the 110 inland waterway transport units of the Sogestran Group.

    The Sogestran Group has been working on hydrogen technology for five years and on this specific vessel for three years, making it the first hydrogen-powered vessel to navigate French rivers. The group is exploring this decarbonization pathway along with other solutions such as HVO, electric propulsion, and wind propulsion for maritime transport.

    This project is initiated and partially funded by Europe under the Flagships project, which aims to deploy two fuel cell vessels on European rivers. As a result, two projects will come to fruition: a self-propelled vessel in France (the Zulu06 of the Sogestran Group) and a container vessel in the Netherlands.

    The hydrogen technology is highly innovative but only partially regulated. In inland waterway transport, the regulations are prescriptive, meaning anything not explicitly authorized is prohibited. Since hydrogen propulsion is an innovation, it required an exemption. This was achieved in July 2023 when Sogestran obtained the exemption from the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR), which has the authority to issue exemptions on European rivers.

    According to Mathieu Longueville, New Constructions Project Manager: "Using hydrogen for propulsion in inland waterway transport, the Zulu06 will be a first on the Seine and one of the first in Europe. Everything had to be built, thought out, and assembled: it’s an exciting project. It’s a great pride for all the teams working on the project."

    Now, the project is being finalized: continuing modifications to the unit (including the installation of an electric crane, hydrogen equipment, and batteries), obtaining the navigation certificate with the DRIEAT, and entering the testing phase.

    Other news from the group

    July 18th, 2024 18.07.24 [Vidéo] Navigation of the Pointe de Caux
    June 26th, 2024 26.06.24 Working Together for Sustainable Action - NFPS 2023
    May 23rd, 2024 23.05.24 CFT christens 3 new self-propelled vessels on the Rhône
    March 1st, 2024 01.03.24 [Video] Maritime Transport Jobs - Join the companies of th Sogestran Group
    February 5th, 2024 05.02.24 Wisamo - Our Contribution to Sailing Industry Research
    January 18th, 2024 18.01.24 A new Sogestran Logistics warehouse at the Gennevilliers port
    November 28th, 2023 28.11.23 [Video] The maritime activity of the Sogestran Group
    October 20th, 2023 20.10.23 An urban river logistics solution right in the heart of Paris
    September 21st, 2023 21.09.23 Sogestran Group celebrates its 75th anniversary
    July 11th, 2023 11.07.23 Europe’s largest inland waterway LNG bunker barge, owned by LNG Shipping and chartered by Shell, hits the water
    July 3rd, 2023 03.07.23 Publication of the 2022 CSR report
    March 14th, 2023 14.03.23 Keel laying of 8000 m3 inland LNG bunker barge owned and operated by LNG Shipping, chartered by Shell
    March 3rd, 2023 03.03.23 Sogestran Logistics Launches SoBlue, France’s First Decarbonized Containerized Inland Waterway Service
    February 2nd, 2023 02.02.23 OCEOS launches its website
    December 8th, 2022 08.12.22 Transport of two satellite containers by the MN Colibri
    September 13th, 2022 13.09.22 Air Liquide and Sogestran form the joint venture OCEOS for CO2 shipping and barging
    September 8th, 2022 08.09.22 Delivery of the POINTE DE CAUX
    June 20th, 2022 20.06.22 De Poli becomes NAVQUIM under Sogestran management
    April 5th, 2022 05.04.22 Air Liquide and Sogestran partner to develop shipping solutions for carbon management
    April 1st, 2022 01.04.22 Launch of the POINTE DE CAUX
    July 21st, 2021 21.07.21 Jérémie Mion meets the Sogestran group’s teams
    July 15th, 2021 15.07.21 Dubbelman and Sogestran Sign Definitive Acquisition Agreement to Integrate Dubbelman Group in Sogestran Logistics
    June 23rd, 2021 23.06.21 Sogestran group welcomes Jérémie Mion on board
    November 26th, 2020 26.11.20 Sogestran invests in the chemical tankers business
    February 4th, 2020 04.02.20 The Sogestran group and the COMPAGNIE MARITIME NANTAISE - MN associate with NEOLINE.
    June 24th, 2019 24.06.19 ‘LNG London’ bunker vessel begins operations in Europe
    October 22nd, 2018 22.10.18 The Sogestran Group inaugurates an office in French Guiana
    October 4th, 2018 04.10.18 The Sogestran Group in video
    July 3rd, 2018 03.07.18 Intermodal transport within the Group is evolving
    June 8th, 2018 08.06.18 Nord Ports Shuttle launches a new service
    May 3rd, 2018 03.05.18 Official inauguration of the scheduled FlexiLoire river service line
    March 6th, 2018 06.03.18 The Pontias under construction
    December 8th, 2017 08.12.17 An environmental trophy awarded to CFT for its fluvial fleet
    October 17th, 2017 17.10.17 Inauguration ceremony of the Mayoury
    September 29th, 2017 29.09.17 Inauguration of the largest French Roll-on / Roll-off ramp
    August 8th, 2017 08.08.17 Inland navigation: directly from the ship to the barge
    July 26th, 2017 26.07.17 Arianespace package transfer
    June 28th, 2017 28.06.17 Acquisition by Sogestran of Compagnie Maritime Nantaise (MN)
    June 2nd, 2017 02.06.17 LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) - The Group innovates for the future
    April 15th, 2017 15.04.17 Double rotation of transformers, 278 tonnes each
    October 20th, 2016 20.10.16 Lapresta’s first loading at the Total refinery in Antwerp