The first North American commercial hydrogen ferry is in the works

June 2, 2021

The fuel cell e-ferry will be called Sea Change and it will provide zero-emission passenger transport.

SWITCH Maritime LLC is moving forward with a Water-Go-Round project in the United States, which will bring North America’s first commercial hydrogen ferry into operation.

The H2 e-ferry, called the Sea Change, will provide emission-free passenger commuter transportation.

Once the Sea Change commercial hydrogen ferry is built, it will be 70 feet long and will transport 84 passengers. It will operate in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping to cut back on road congestion without contributing any more greenhouse gas emissions in exchange. This will be the first vessel in the SWITCH Maritime Water-Go-Round project. The e-ferry is funded by that project and will be the first of its kind in North America.

The Water-Go-Round project will receive a $3 million grant to partially fund it. That grant is from the California Air Resources Board. The project will also be supported by Zero Emission Industries, a full-service hydrogen fuel cell power systems provider. Also supporting the project include partners such as the Port of San Francisco, Hexagon Composites, and BAE Systems.

The Sea Change commercial hydrogen ferry construction has begun at by Ship and Yacht Co.

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