Construction is underway on a hydrogen-fuelled passenger ferry in Queensland, Australia, with the vessel expected to launch in the first quarter of 2021.
Developed by H2X Marine, the new boat building arm of automotive manufacturer H2X Australia, in partnership with ship building specialist WildCat Marine, the two companies will together develop a range of zero emission passenger ferries for industrial and commercial use, driven by hydrogen fuel cell technology.
The vessels will be aluminium hull, with 50 passenger capacity and fitted with two 120kW electric power trains driven by green hydrogen.
H2X Marine CEO Sam Blackadder said the company is aiming to manufacture up to 30 ferries at its Brisbane factory.
“We have commenced construction and we will employ up to 40 boat builders and hydrogen drivetrain specialists when we reach production capacity,” Blackadder said.
“We will also be building a range of larger vessels right down to smaller recreational craft and this to include providing retrofit facilities for existing marine craft.”
“Australia stands at the forefront of the future hydrogen economy: this potential can represent billions of dollars through domestic and export sales over time whilst locally delivering high value long term stable job opportunities.”
“I strongly believe we have to lead by example and not wait for other countries to path a way, H2X Marine can do that.”
H2X Marine Chairman Craig Elvin (pictured above with Guy Obren, founder of WildCat Marine and Director of H2x Marine), added, “We are making a significant capital investment in this new industry because we firmly believe that the use of green hydrogen is the fuel to drive Australia’s industry as we phase out fossil fuels.”
Look out for an exclusive interview with Sam Blackadder, CEO of H2X Marine, on H2 View in December.