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Friday, November 27, 2020 

A partnership, headed by DFDS and comprising ABB, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Hexagon Purus, Lloyds Register, Knud E Hansen, rsted and Danish Ship Finance has applied for EU finance to develop a 100% hydrogen powered ferry for the Oslo Frederikshavn Copenhagen route..

The ferry will be powered by electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell system producing up to 23MW to propel the ferry, using 'green' hydrogen from the planned offshore wind energy-powered electrolyser plant in Copenhagen.

DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen said: "The largest fuel cell systems today produce only 1-5 MW, and the development of such large-scale fuel cell installations for an electric ferry is a monumental task. We can only succeed in partnerships with companies that together can muster some of the globe’s finest expertise in design, approval, building, financing and operation of innovative vessels. Together, we expect to learn how to make these fuel types and technologies commercially viable, which is key to a transition of the industry to climate neutrality, which is also the ultimate goal of DFDS’ climate plan.”

The planned ferry is provisionally named name Europa Seaways, and is designed for a capacity of 1,800 passengers plus 120 trucks or 380 cars. It is expected to save around 60,000t of CO2 emissions annually.

Lloyd’s Register Decarbonisation Programme Manager Charles Haskell said: “In order for the industry to reach the IMO 2050 ambitions it shall need to transition to zero carbon fuels, this is a complicated pathway not just in terms of technology, but also infrastructure. The partners in the DFDS project are industry leaders within their respective fields, from zero carbon energy company through fuel storage and fuel cell providers. This collaboration supported by experts from the Maritime Decarbonisation Hub will help solve a number of unanswered questions. LR will help ensure a thorough and impartial de-risking of this hydrogen fuelled ro-pax ship design, including safety assessment of the complete supply chain.”

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