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Discover how looks Europe’s first hydrogen-powered seagoing ferry

Friday, 19 November 2021 09:28

HySeas III project, financed by European funds, has released the first pictures of what will become Europe’s first maritime ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The first designs show us what the boat of the first hydrogen-powered ferry be like: It will consist of two ends of passengers and vehicles and can carry one hundred and twenty passengers and sixteen cars of two trucks.


The purpose is that the ferry travels the route between Kirkwall and Shapinsay, in the Orkney Archipelago of northern Scotland. There the hydrogen fuel is generated by wind power. However, the ferry may also operate in other ports where hydrogen is available.


The project is currently in testing phases in Norway to fully validate the boat propulsion system before construction. The design of the boat is expected to be complete in March 2022.


According to the 2021 European Shipping Environmental Report, ships are responsible for 13.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector in the European Union. John Salton, a partner of the HySeas III project, affirms: “The maritime industry has a key role in the global fight for climate change, and this project marks a step toward emissions-free marine transport.”


Reference: 2021. CORDIS | European Commission. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 18 November 2021].


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