Raising the readiness of zero-emission waterborne transport

The FLAGSHIPS project will raise the readiness of zero-emission waterborne transport to an entirely new level by deploying two commercially operated hydrogen fuel cell vessels.

The demo vessels include a push boat in France (Lyon) and a passenger and car ferry in Norway (Stavanger).

The Lyon demo is a push-boat operating as a utility vessel on one of the most demanding rivers, the Rhône.

The Stavanger demo is a passenger and car ferry operating as part of the local public transport network.

A total of 1 MW of on-board fuel cell power will be installed and the aim is that both vessels will run on hydrogen produced on-site with electrolyzers powered by renewable electricity. Gaseous hydrogen will be used in the vessels’ on-board hydrogen storage. The project will reduce the capital cost of marine fuel cell power systems significantly by leveraging knowhow from existing on-shore and marine system integration activities.

The ship owners expect to maintain the ships in normal commercial operation after the 18-month demonstration period of the project.

The project will cooperate over a broad base to complete the required safety assessment and approval for the two vessels, by applying and further developing the existing regulations and codes.


Follow the progress of the project

General requirement specification established
1. April 2019
Ferry retrofit concept and specification complete
1. July 2019
All subsystem designs complete
1. January 2020
LH2 fuel supply agreement signed
1. January 2020
First operating test of ferry carried out
1. February 2020
Subsystem detailed designs complete
1. March 2020
All subsystems delivered to yard
1. July 2020
Propulsion system top-level design complete
1. July 2020
Bunkering system in operation at quayside
1. October 2020
Push boat safety approval
1. September 2020
H2 swap bunkering in operation at port
1. January 2021
First operating test of push boat and H2 swap completed
1. April 2021
Conclusion on common safety aspects and RCS policy
1. July 2021
First system data transferred to server from both demo vessels accurately and in correct format
1. March 2021
First response from project external stakeholders
1. July 2021