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Samskip leads project to develop hydrogen fuel cell box ships

Thu 10 Jan 2019 by Rebecca Moore

Samskip leads project to develop hydrogen fuel cell box ships
The Samskip-led Seashuttle project aims to develop a short-sea container ship powered by hydrogen fuel cells (credit: Samskip)

Multimodal operator Samskip is leading a project to develop two container ships for short-sea routes between Oslo, Poland and the western coast of Sweden. The ships will be entirely electric and will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The Seashuttle project team includes technology supplier Kongsberg, hydrogen specialist Hyon and Massterly, the autonomous vessel solutions joint venture between Kongsberg Maritime and Wilhelmsen.

The Pilot-E initiative, organised by Norway’s Research Council, Innovation Norway and Enova, supports several environmental projects each year. Of the six to receive funding in the latest round, two are in the commercial marine sector and feature hydrogen fuel cells. The grant follows €6.0M (US$6.8M) already received from the Norwegian government.

“Hydrogen is one of the solutions we have great expectations for,” said Norway’s minister of climate and environment Ola Elvestuen. “There are exciting plans going forward in research and the business sector to make shipping more environmentally friendly.”

The same Pilot-E initiative has also seen Norwegian shipyard and marine technology group Havyard granted Nkr104M (US$12M) to develop a ‘high-capacity hydrogen energy system’. It will be installed on one of four cruise ferries being built for new Norwegian coastal operator Havila Kystruten.

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