$500,000 Contract To Design A Hydrogen, High-speed Ferry


  • Naval architect ESNA reported it has been awarded a Nkr5M (US$500,000) contract to design a hydrogen-powered, high-speed passenger ferry for Norway.
  • ESNA is a specialist in the design of surface effect ships, having developed Sea Puffin 1 for the offshore wind sector.

A recent news article published in the Riviera talks about the Consortium to develop hydrogen, high-speed ferry.

ESNA’s efforts in developing Zero Emission Small Ships

The project follows ESNA’s efforts in developing Zero Emission Small Ships, a project funded by the Regional Research Council Agder which started in 2016, and its ongoing project on battery-powered energy-efficient high-speed ferries with Fremtidens Hurtigbåt.

The hydrogen-powered ferry design contract was awarded to ESNA in July 2022 by Fremtidens Hurtigbåt, a consortium of ferry operating counties in Norway. The county municipalities include Finnmark, Nordland, Trøndelag and Vestland.

The project aims to design a long-range, high-speed hydrogen passenger ferry and approve the hydrogen system solutions to the IMO IGF code with the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The ferry will have the capacity to carry between 200 and 300 passengers, and reach speeds of 35 knots.

Uncompromising fast boats

The ESNA-led consortium is one of three competing groups awarded design contracts. The other consortia are led by TECO 2030 and Brødrene Aa. The three consortia will complete their designs by mid-2023. In the next phase, one of the designs will be approved and awarded a construction contract by Q3 2023. A pilot operation will begin in 2025.

“By introducing hydrogen as an energy carrier for the fast boats, we can create the uncompromising fast boat that can replace all current fast boats in Norway”, points out Norland county council leader Tomas Norvoll.


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