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CMAL moves closer to building hydrogen ferry

Tue 10 Oct 2017 by Rebecca Moore reporting from the Interferry conference, Croatia

CMAL moves closer to building hydrogen ferry
CMAL is aiming to build a hydrogen-fuelled ferry, which would join its other alternative-powered ferries, including an LNG ferry under construction

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) is “actively” working on a hydrogen ferry project with the aim to build a ferry powered by this fuel.

The Scottish ferry owner’s director of vessels Jim Anderson told delegates at a panel discussion about electrification, at Interferry’s annual conference. “We are actively working on a hydrogen ferry project and have done a cost model capex and it can be done.” The company started the project in 2010 and has been working on it with partners including Ferguson shipyard.

“We are very hopeful we can build a hydrogen vessel - we can look to do that with the excess of renewable electrical power [in Scotland] at the best tariff, this economic model works. The challenge is the new technology, but it is very possible and we are looking to do it.”

He said the biggest challenge is storing the fuel which would “take up lot of space on the vessel”, which would also need to bunker every second day. The company needs to look at how to build this into the timetable.

CMAL also owns three electric hybrid vessels and is keen to move towards using fully electric vessels.

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