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Lack of EU support strains DFDS' ambitious ferry project

DFDS' ambitious plans to launch a fully hydrogen-powered ferry on the Copenhagen-Oslo route from 2027 has not received support from the EU, and "the project has therefore not progressed," informs the ferry and logistics company to ShippingWatch. Hydrogen, it turns out, poses major challenges, but the carrier hasn't shelved the project.

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Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has not been successful in obtaining crucial support from the EU for a new and hydrogen-powered Olso ferry from 2027.

DFDS announced the plans last autumn when the carrier intended to collaborate with partners such as Ørsted and Danish Ship Finance on a ferry that would sail on electricity produced from hydrogen fuel cells. The parties would apply for support from the EU Innovation Fund, and if all went well, the ferry would be in operation from 2027.

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