India’s First Indigenous Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry

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Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
28 February 2024
Kochi, Kerala
Virtual mode from Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu
To showcase green hydrogen as a maritime fuel
Align with India’s net zero emissions goal by 2070
Promote sustainable and green maritime transport
Designed, developed, and constructed by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL)
Part of the Harit Nauka initiative
Zero emission
Zero noise
Construction Details
Hull made from aluminium alloy
Accommodation area with high-quality FRP material
Includes comprehensive vessel automation and power management systems developed indigenously
Project cost supported 75% by Union Ministry of Port, Shipping, and Waterways
Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL)
India’s premier shipbuilding and maintenance facility
Key Personalities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Madhu S Nair, Chairman and MD of CSL
Hibi Eden, Lok Sabha Member
Sreejith Narayanan, Director-Operations, CSL
Jose V J, Director-Finance, CSL
Bijoy Bhaskar, Director-Technical, CSL
Marinisation of the fuel cell system
Integration of the system in the ferry
System tested at KPIT’s factory before installation
Reduction in global warming impact
Advances India’s green maritime capabilities
Positions India for global competitiveness in green technology
High initial development and construction costs
Need for widespread hydrogen fuel infrastructure
Way Forward
Expansion of hydrogen fuel cell technology in marine sector
Government and private sector collaboration for infrastructure development

The launch of India’s first indigenously developed hydrogen fuel cell ferry marks a significant step towards sustainable and green maritime transport. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated this zero-emission and zero-noise vessel on 28 February 2024, in Kochi, Kerala, through a virtual ceremony from Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. This project, designed, developed, and constructed by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) under the Harit Nauka initiative, showcases the potential of green hydrogen as a maritime fuel, aligning with India’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2070.

The ferry, which has its hull made from aluminium alloy and an accommodation area constructed with high-quality FRP material similar to metro train coaches, represents a pioneering initiative in India’s maritime sector. It’s equipped with a comprehensive vessel automation and power management system developed indigenously. The project, with 75% of its cost supported by the Union Ministry of Port, Shipping, and Waterways, is a testament to India’s growing capabilities in green technology and its ambition to lead in the global transition towards sustainable energy sources.

This development not only contributes to the reduction of global warming impacts but also positions India at the forefront of adopting green hydrogen technology in the maritime sector, offering a competitive advantage on the global stage. However, challenges such as high initial costs and the need for a widespread hydrogen fuel infrastructure need to be addressed. Moving forward, the expansion of hydrogen fuel cell technology in marine applications and collaboration between the government and the private sector for infrastructure development will be crucial for realizing the full potential of this initiative

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