The Wilhelmsen shipping company and its partners received NOK 80 million in EU support to build a cargo ship powered by hydrogen.
The ship, which will be the world’s first hydrogen-powered cargo ship, will be launched in 2024, according to E24.
The project, which was presented on Thursday, will contribute to developing and building a hydrogen-powered freighter and a distribution solution for hydrogen along the Norwegian coast, a press release from Wilhelmsen noted.
The HySHIP project includes 14 European partners who will collaborate to design and build the new cargo vessel.
The vessel concept will sail under the concept name Topeka.
The project aims to reduce development and operating costs in the transition to hydrogen as a maritime fuel throughout Europe.
“Hydrogen as a fuel makes it possible to get low emissions or zero emissions in shipping.
“Topeka is our first step towards scalable hydrogen-powered maritime operations.
“We will build a broad infrastructure for liquid hydrogen and a commercial ecosystem, at the same time as we remove around 25,000 lorries from the roads,” Per Brinchmann, director of special projects in Wilhelmsen, noted.
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