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Hydrogen catamaran traffics Gotland in 2030

13 October 2022

Gotland hydrocat, that's the name of Gotlandsbolaget's new concept vessel, a fast-moving hydrogen catamaran that runs from the mainland to Visby in under three hours.

The vessel is the second that Gotlandbolaget presents in its Horizon series, an investment that will make Gotland traffic climate neutral by 2045. Last year, the first vessel Gotland Horizon was presented.

- We don't think Gotland should have to choose between crossing time and climate benefit. That is why we are now developing the next generation of ships - the Horizon series - which, through new technology, will enable an even better service and capacity while reducing emissions significantly, says Håkan Johansson, CEO of Gotlandsbolaget, in a press release.

The ships are designed to be powered by fossil-free hydrogen whose primary emission is water vapor. However, both ships have a so-called multifuel solution, which means that with a relatively simple adaptation, the ships can be powered by other fossil-free fuels.

The work to develop all the necessary technology is ongoing and the ambition is that the Gotland Hydrocat can be ordered no later than 2025 to be put into service no later than 2030. The model and design for the Gotland Hydrocat has been developed by Gotlandsbolaget in collaboration with Austal, one of the world's leading shipyards for construction and construction of catamarans.

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