World’s first liquid hydrogen-powered vessel wins ship of the year award
The MF HYDRA is a zero-emission vessel operated by Norled and will be the world’s first vessel to be powered by liquid hydrogen.
MF HYDRA, a sustainable and innovative ferry designed by Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary LMG Marin AS, has won the prestigious Ship of the Year Award given by Skipsrevyen, a 50 year-old Nordic maritime magazine publication house.
The MF HYDRA is a zero-emission vessel operated by Norled and will be the world’s first vessel to be powered by liquid hydrogen. At more than 82m long with a capacity of up to 300 passengers and 80 cars, MF HYDRA operates at a service speed of about nine knots.
Equipped with an 80m3 liquid hydrogen tank, the vessel is able to ply its route in the fjord area between Hjelmeland, Nesvik and Skipavik for up to three weeks without refuelling. Its sophisticated propulsion system allows batteries to operate in conjunction with the liquid fuel hydrogen fuel cells and also includes a redundancy feature that allows the ferry to sail on biodiesel.
LMG Managing Director Mr Torbjorn Bringedal said:
“As the world’s first ship powered by liquid hydrogen, MF HYDRA is a game-changer for the marine industry. It will pave the way for the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping and support the International Maritime Organization’s goal to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. LMG Marin, with our extensive track record of innovative naval architecture, is proud to contribute to global decarbonisation efforts and a more sustainable world for current and future generations.”