A consortium of Norwegian companies consisting of technology firm TECO 2030, shipbuilder Umoe Mandal, and engineering specialist BLOM Maritime is set to receive up to NOK5 million (US$496,787) in funding support to develop a new high-speed ferry that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
The vessel will utilise a catamaran design with surface effect ship (SES) technology developed by Umoe Mandal and fuel cells supplied by TECO 2030. Once completed, it will have the capacity to transport up to 300 passengers at speeds of more than 35 knots.
The partners expect the new ferry to commence operational sailings in 2025.
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