Cochin Shipyard signed an MoU with the Inland Waterways Authority of India to build the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell catamaran vessel for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Another MoU was signed by the Shipyard for the construction of six electric catamaran vessels for Uttar Pradesh and two more such vessels for Guwahati.
India to Build its First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Catamaran Vessel- Key Points
- The MoU by the Shipyard was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal.
- Union Minister for Heavy Industry Mahendra Nath Pandey, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and other dignitaries were part of the event.
- The Cochin Shipyard informed us that the air-conditioned hydrogen fuel cell catamaran vessel will have a seating capacity for 100 passengers.
- It will be deployed at Varanasi after the test and trials are done in Kochi.
- The air-conditioned electric hybrid vessels are designed for short-distance commutes in riverine waters.
- These will have a seating capacity of 50 passengers.
- The vessels will also provide onboard accommodation for the crew, other than the toilet and washroom facilities for the passengers.
- The vessels will significantly contribute to the reduction in Pollution levels in the National Waterways.