Norwegian ferry operator Boreal Sjø and Wärtsilä Ship Design have entered into a cooperation agreement to develop a hydrogen-powered ferry to the Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik route in Norway. The ferry will be the world’s first in this size to use hydrogen as a fuel.
Under the agreement, the service will be operated by two ferries, one being fully electric and the other being hybrid-hydrogen electric with 50% of the hydrogen output.
Boreal is currently working with Wärtsilä to complete the final concept up to August 2018, when they will present it to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
“Hydrogen ferries can be an important solution for meeting the requirements for low and zero emission technologies in the future, and Boreal wishes to help develop this type of solutions,” says Kjetil Førsvoll, Group Manager at Boreal.
The vessel is expected to start operations in 2021.