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WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN VESSEL TO BE DEPLOYED IN RIVER SIENE
Team Sea and Coast | 08/04/2021
The world’s first commercial cargo transport vessel will be deployed by the European innovation project Flagships. It will ply the river Seine in Paris and is set to start its operations this year.
 
The owner of this vessel will be the French inland shipowner, Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT), a company which is involved in developing new business for urban distribution with transport vessels in the Paris area and is a subsidiary of the Sogestran Group.
 
The director of CFT, Matthieu Blanc in a statement said that the demand for more sustainable technologies in inland waterways is rising and they are glad to be leading the way on reducing emissions from transport and presenting the superior features of hydrogen fuel cells in waterborne applications.
 
The EU’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, had awarded a fund of 5 million euros to the Flagships project in 2018, under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), to deploy a couple of hydrogen vessels in France and Norway. The initial plan of the project was deployment of a hydrogen push-boat in the Lyon area, but observing the wider potential of hydrogen in cargo transport, the plan was amended which changed the demo pusher to an inland cargo vessel.
 
The Flagships consortium comprises 12 European partners, plus two shipowners, Norled (NO) and CFT (FR) assisted by its support companies Sogestion (FR) and Sogestran (FR); the maritime OEM and integrator companies like ABB Marine and Ports (FI) and Westcon Power & Automation (NO); and LMG Marin (NO & FR), a ship design company. Ballard Europe (DK) provides the world-leading fuel cell technology. The vessel energy monitoring and management is done by Pers-EE (FR). The management activities are handled by VTT (FI) and the dissemination activities by NCE Maritime CleanTech (NO).
 
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