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Dutch shipyard to build ‘world first’ solid hydrogen-fuelled vessel
© Port of Amsterdam
Dutch shipyard to build ‘world first’ solid hydrogen-fuelled vessel
© Port of Amsterdam

Dutch shipyard to build ‘world first’ solid hydrogen-fuelled vessel

The Port of Amsterdam last Thursday (July 28) revealed the contact to build it’s planned hydrogen-fuelled vessel, the Neo Orbis had been handed to Lauwersoog, Netherlands-based Next Generation Shipyards after a European tender process.

Anticipated to be the ‘first ship in the world’ to sail electrically, propelled with hydrogen in its solid form, sodium borohydride, as an energy carrier, it is hoped to come as a zero emission solution for inland shipping, short-sea, dredging, offshore and even patrol and naval vessels.

Initially designed by Wijk Yacht Creations, the vessel, which is being built under the European H2Ships programme, is hoped to undertake trial sailing in June 2023 with the build contract announcement.

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