Samskip and Cochin Shipyard Ltd. India have begun the construction phase of their next generation zero-emission short sea container vessel, the Samskip SeaShuttle. The first of two contracted vessels, the ship will also be the first short sea container ship in the world to use green hydrogen as fuel.

Performed at Cochin Shipyard in India, representatives from both companies, government and partners enjoyed the pageantry of the official steel cutting ceremony initiating the first phase of construction of the Samskip SeaShuttle.

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Green corridor

The hydrogen fuel powered Samskip SeaShuttle is destined to create green corridors between the European continent and the Scandinavian region. In zero emission mode, two Sea Shuttles are expected to achieve around 25,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction per year. They will achieve zero emission operations in ports as well by using green shore power at the port of call.

Regional Director – Norway & Sweden Multimodal, Are Grathen: ‘It has been a long journey, but I always had faith in this project from the start. I have had the pleasure of being involved from the beginning and helped get both our Norway and Rotterdam teams aligned. The SeaShuttle will provide a great green corridor and it’s really inspiring to see the leadership and commitment of our customers who have already booked space on this service. Now we go from planning to building!’

Picture by Samskip.

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