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Thursday, November 25, 2021 

Norwegian company Teco 2030 is leading a group that will build a zero-emission hydrogen-powered workboat for the Port of Narvik, together with eight project partners.

The group is now seeking public funding to build one of the world’s first hydrogen fuel-cell powered vessels, using fuel cells supplied by Teco 203. It will be bult at the Grovfjord Mekaniske Verksted (GMV) shipyard, located near Narvik. It will replace a current diesel vessel, enabling the Port of Narvik to reduce both its diesel consumption and its CO2 emissions significantly.

Børge Edvardsen Klingan, Port Director, Narvik, said: “A new hydrogen-powered workboat will put the Port of Narvik in a unique position, where we will reduce our own emissions and use pioneering technology that will become important for both national and international shipping in the years to come. This project will contribute to economic growth and development in Narvik and its surrounding regions and will also be an important contribution to the green transition in the maritime industry. We are very happy that we are able to take the lead in reducing emissions from ships.”

The boat is planned to be completed in 2023. The Port of Narvik will mainly use it for keeping an overview of the port and the activities there, for emergency preparedness, and for teaching and training of crews. The Port aims to get the boat classified as a long-range, high-speed passenger vessel, and the plan is that it should be able to maintain a pace of 23 knots.   

The fuel cells will be produced at the Teco 2030 Innovation Centre in Narvik and will enable it to operate emissions-free.

Tore Enger, CEO Teco 2030, said: “We are thrilled that the Port of Narvik plans to build a hydrogen high-speed boat which will be powered by fuel cells from Teco 2030. We are looking forward to working on this project, and we are happy and grateful that the Port of Narvik has chosen Teco 2030 as supplier of fuel cells to their new hydrogen vessel. Now we only need to get support for this project by the Norwegian state enterprise Enova. Everything else has already been prepared, and we are ready to get to work. Hydrogen will be key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime industry, but the development of hydrogen technology for ships and other hydrogen infrastructure requires large resources. We hope that the Norwegian government will stand by their promise to promote the development of climate and environmentally friendly shipping, and that we will therefore receive support from Enova for this project.”

Project partners include UiT The Arctic University of Norway, as a research partner, with the aim of gaining expertise in maritime hydrogen systems;  engineering company Blom Maritime; hydrogen supplier Everfuel, consultancies Proactima and KUPA, and Norinnova Narvik, which specialises in commercialising research results.

As the hydrogen boat will become Narvik’s first hydrogen consumer, Everfuel will seek to develop a filling station, which can be available for other port users, including about 500 trucks which drive through the city every day.

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