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Samskip contracts Indian yard to build up to four hydrogen-powered boxships

Posted on March 22, 2023

European containerline Samskip has contracted India’s Cochin Shipyard to build a pair of hydrogen fuel cell-propelled boxships. The contract comes with options for two more vessels. The ships, due for delivery from the second half of 2025, will be able to carry 365 45 ft long high cube containers.

The vessels are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in a hybrid power system with diesel generator back up for longer endurance. The price tag is around $66.5m for the two firm ships.

The CEO of Samskip, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, said the orders were an important step towards reaching net zero by 2040.

“We have continuously practiced what we preached because sustainability is in our DNA and we are invested in the future; the future for green logistics, our planet, our economy and in the next generation of seafarers and we are certain that this project will be a game changer,” Laaksonen said.

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