Norway Pioneers Project for Hydrogen Powered Ferries
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has awarded the contract to construct and operate two hydrogen-powered ferries to the Norwegian ferry operator Torghatten Nord. These ferries will operate between Bodo and Lofoten and begin operation from 1st October 2025. This will possibly be the first of its kind and is one of the many overtures Norway is making in its aggressive climate policy.
Torghatten Nord is to build two new ferries that will run on hydrogen and replace two ferries that use LNG. These replaced ferries will be retrofitted to operate on low emission solutions such as biodiesel, biogas, electricity, or a combination of them. This effective switch from LNG to hydrogen will reduce the CO2 emissions by 26,500 tons annually. The vessels are also required to run on alternate fuels to ensure safety. There is, however, an additional stipulation that 85% of the energy consumed annually by the two ferries be supplied by hydrogen and that the hydrogen used to be produced using low emission methods.
Additional benefits from this operation include ferries having a 60% greater passenger capacity and 40% greater capacity for car units. The operation of these ferries will also produce ripple effects on the budding hydrogen sector in Norway, along with the maritime industry. Norway will also market this as a tourist attraction during the busy summer tourist season.