The Worlds Two Largest Hydrogen Fuelled Ships to Be Built in Norway


A shipyard contract has been signed for the construction of a flagship project, the world’s two largest hydrogen ships. These ships have been designed and developed in collaboration with Torghatten Nord and will be built at Myklebust shipyard in Norway, reports Norwegian Ship Design.

Hydrogen ferry

The project “hydrogen ferry to Vestfjorden” began back in 2019 with preparations for a tender that was announced in 2021. In 2022, Torghatten Nord signed a contract with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, and an extensive development process has been underway since then, including Hazid, preliminary approvals, safety analyses, and model tests. After working on this prestigious project for such a long time, it is exciting to finally start building the ferries.

Each of the two 117m long ferries will have a capacity of 120 cars and 599 passengers. As the ferries will operate in the outer Vestfjorden in Lofoten, one of the longest and most challenging ferry routes in Norway, they are designed with closed car decks and a special hull design for operate in exposed waters. The vessels incorporate new technology, ensuring safety and comfort for passengers and crew without compromising.

Hydrogen fuelled passenger transportation over such a long and demanding route has not been conducted anywhere else in the world. It is essential for us to emphasize that the design and technical solutions used meet all safety aspects for ferries navigating in highly exposed waters. The ferries will be the world’s largest hydrogen-powered vessels and will feature the largest hydrogen installation ever installed on a ship. Each vessel will have 6400 kW of fuel cells with associated auxiliary systems. The onboard hydrogen is stored in compressed form.

The ferries are designed for 100% zero-emission and feature a multi-hybrid propulsion system with hydrogen-electric as the primary mode and diesel-electric as the secondary mode.

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Source: Norwegian Design