Presenting the FLAGSHIPS H2 ferry

New illustrations offer the maritime industry a first glance at the FLAGSHIPS project’s revolutionary hydrogen ferry.

New illustrations offer the maritime industry a first glance at the FLAGSHIPS project’s revolutionary hydrogen ferry.

The FLAGSHIPS project contributes in building two new build vessels, one in Lyon, France and one in Stavanger, Norway. In Lyon, a hydrogen push-boat operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT) will serve as a utility vessel on one of Europe’s most demanding rivers, the Rhône. In Stavanger, hydrogen is intended to power a passenger and car ferry operated by Norled as part of the local public transport network.

LMG Marine will be designing both vessels. Together with operator Norled the company has now released new renderings of the Stavanger ferry, which will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.

– We are very excited to work on this innovative project. We believe the solutions we are developing together with our partners will be directly applicable to many types of vessel and can greatly contribute to the shift towards a more sustainable inland and coastal shipping.

Project Manager Design at LMG Marin, Frederic Collin.

LMG Marin will also develop the detailed arrangement drawings for machinery, propulsion and hydrogen systems based on using fuel cells and compressed hydrogen. Furthermore, the ship designer and operator Norled will develop a bunkering arrangement concept, which enables the bunkering of hydrogen in a time-efficient and safe manner during ferry operations.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate for at least 18 months the operation of the zero-emission passenger and car ferry.

The ferry is beginning to take shape. When built it will be a big step forward in zero-emission shipping. As an EU taxpayer I consider this project a great way to showcase how our common efforts are invested and what we can achieve together. I can’t wait to ride this hydrogen ferry!

FLAGSHIPS Project Coordinator Dr. Antti Pohjoranta.

Vessel details:

  • Route: Judaberg-Helgøy on the west coast of Norway, with 6 stops
  • Daily operation: 140 nm (260 km), 19 hours (6 a.m. – 1 a.m.)
  • H2 fuel consumption: 460 kg / day (to be confirmed)
  • Comparable to ca. 1900 litres / day of (bio)diesel
  • H2 storage: 250 bar gaseous with 600 kg total capacity (tbc)
  • Bunkering: every night, from shore to ship
  • Power system: 3×200 kW PEM fuel cell modules supplied by Ballard Power Systems Europe
  • Battery capacity planned 0-500 kWh (need for batteries is under consideration)
  • Biodiesel generator back-up power
  • Class and flag: approval by DNV-GL, under Norwegian flag (NMA)
  • The ferry will have capacity for 199 passengers (including crew), 60 cars or 6 trucks.
TO ROGALAND: The Norled ferry is planned to traffic the route Judaberg-Helgøy on the west coast of Norway – with six stops.

Thank you!