Yanmar Power Technology Co. (YPT) has made the first delivery of its newly commercialised maritime hydrogen fuel cell system to be installed in a hybrid passenger ship.
Supplied to the MONTENA-Sea operated passenger ship HANARIA which can use both hydrogen and biodiesel fuels, utilising an onboard electric propulsion system, the fuel cell system will provide around 240kW of hydrogen-fuelled power.
YPT’s maritime fuel cell system was commercialised in August (2023), offering up to 300kW of power for a range of vessels including passenger ships, work ships and cargo ships operating in coastal areas.
MONTENA-Sea – a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines company – revealed the 33-metre HANARIA vessel was set to enter commercial service in Japan in April 2024.
Currently under construction at Hongawara Shipbuilding Co. in the Hiroshima Prefecture, HANARIA is expected to achieve a sailing speed of around 10.5 knots, while offering a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction between 53-100% depend on the fuel used.
Schedules for delivery to MONTENA-Seas in March next year (2024), the ship will enter service in Fukuoka.
In 2021, Yanmar completed a successful demonstration of its maritime fuel cell system in Oita, Japan.