A hydrogen-powered passenger ferry has been successfully registered as a seagoing vessel and will now begin commercial operations in Belgium.
Cie. Maritime Belge’s (CMB) Hydroville ship, which can be run on compressed hydrogen as well as regular diesel fuel, will be used to transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during rush hour.
This is expected to help further reduce the region’s overall emissions by taking cars off the road and easing congestion.
The boat’s owners say it will also function as a demonstration and research platform for hydrogen fuel, which emits no carbon dioxide, particulate matter or sulphur oxides when burned.
It hopes projects like this could ultimately trigger the carbon and pollution intensive shipping industry to move away from heavy oil fuels and instead adopt more environmentally friendly alternatives.