Preliminary Approval Secured For High-Speed Vessel Design

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  • Utilizes Umoe Mandal’s Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) Surface Effect Ship (SES) technology, offering an air-cushion catamaran design.
  • Provides high passenger comfort in rough sea conditions, commonly used in offshore wind farm operations.
  • Reduces fuel consumption by over 55% compared to existing equivalent fossil-fueled high-speed passenger vessels
  • Receives “Approval of preliminary design,” completing the first stage of the design and approval process as per the International Maritime Organization IGF-code and “Alternative Design Process” requirements.
  • These municipalities are working to secure financing for the construction and demonstration of a hydrogen-powered high-speed ferry, meeting the 2025 zero-emission requirements.

Environmental Benefits Of Umoe Mandal’s Hydrogen-Fueled Vessel Design

The vessel design is utilizing Umoe Mandal’s proven Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) Surface Effect Ship (SES) technology, featuring an air-cushion catamaran design. This configuration ensures very high fuel efficiency, and sufficient range to sail a complete route without charging stops, unlike battery-driven vessels. Additionally,  it also offers high passenger comfort in rough sea conditions. CTVs are commonly used in the construction, maintenance, and operations of offshore wind farms. The imminent vessel, designed for passenger transportation, will boast a service speed of 35 knots, a minimum range of 160 nautical miles, and will accommodate up to 275 passengers.

Compared to the fuel consumption of existing equivalent fossil-fueled high-speed passenger vessels, the consumption is reduced by more than 55%. The emission of climate gasses is zero.

The “Approval of preliminary design” marks the completion of the first stage of the complete design and approval process for this hydrogen-fueled vessel, following the procedures required by the International Maritime Organization IGF-code and the “Alternative Design Process” design process.

TECO 2030’s Hydrogen-Powered Vessel Project

Passenger transport by high-speed ferries is common in Norway and many other locations, but it has traditionally been linked to very high greenhouse gas emissions per passenger kilometer. The Norwegian government now processing the implementation of a zero-emission requirement for high-speed ferries starting in 2025 after a public hearing was conducted in 2023. The vessel designed by Umoe Mandal and TECO 2030 fulfills these expected zero-emission requirements.

This project has been financed by the Norwegian County Municipalities Finnmark, Nordland, Trøndelag, and Vestland, who are now working to secure financing to construct and demonstrate a hydrogen-powered high-speed ferry in line with the Norwegian 2025 zero-emission requirements.

Future Prospects For Hydrogen-Powered Vessels

“It is a great pleasure to announce the preliminary approval from the Norwegian Maritime Authority. This vessel can become an accelerator for emission-free marine passenger transport; as a result, we are ready to engage with interested parties,” says an enthusiastic Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030.

“I am excited to keep the great momentum going with Umoe Mandal and hope the Norwegian public authorities work to secure financing to continue this project as soon as possible. Also, keep in mind that this vessel design can easily be adapted to similar-sized vessels that want a viable alternative to traditional combustion engines and fossil fuels. There are no doubts that fuel cells and hydrogen will play a vital role in achieving net-zero climate goals,” Enger concludes.

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