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News Digest MARAD 08-16

Maritime Administration Releases Report on Zero Emission High-speed Passenger Ferry. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released a feasibility study that examines the technical, regulatory, and economic feasibility of a high-speed passenger ferry powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells and its associated hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay.  The study determined that it is possible technologically to build and to operate a 150 passenger, high speed, zero emission hydrogen-powered ferry and its associated hydrogen station in the current regulatory environment; however the current ferry design has a cost premium compared to a conventional diesel ferry.  Cost reduction strategies specific to the vessel design and strategies for leveraging developments in the fuel cell technology are now being explored.  The study, which was funded through MARAD’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program and conducted by Sandia National Laboratories, can be found at https://www.marad.dot.gov/wp-content/uploads/pdf/SF-BREEZE-Ferry-Feasibility-Study-Report-by-Sandia-National-Laboratory-2.pdf.   Contact: Kim Strong 202.366.5067.

Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016
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