A pilot bulker powered by hydrogen fuel cells is being developed in China and is due to be put into operation next year.

China Classification Society (CCS) senior engineer Aohan Qin told the Gastech Virtual Summit that CCS is working with China State Shipbuilding Corp on the Green Pearl River trial vessel.

Qin said the 2,100-dwt ship will be demonstrated operationally in Guangdong province between a cargo terminal and a power plant on the Pearl River from the end of 2021.