Norse Group Of Companies just delivered hull of NESVIK first unit of a pair of 80-car ferries designed by LMG Marin to run on liquid hydrogen.
NESVIK is being towed to Westcon Group yard in Norway to be finished and delivered in 2021. She will operate between Hjelmeland – Skipavik – Nesvik in Rogaland for Norled AS.
This ferry is 82.4 meters long with a capacity of 299 passengers and 80 cars. It will be able to reach a speed of 9 knots with fuel cells of 2 x 200 kW and generators of 2 x 440 kW which will power the Schottel thrusters. To store the hydrogen, an 80 m3 tank has been provided. The construction of a liquid hydrogen (LH2) ferry responded to a call for tenders launched by Norway for a ferry using hydrogen, a virtuous carbon-free solution. The contract binds Norled to the Norwegian state for 10 years.