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Kochi Water Metro plans to introduce vessel running on green hydrogen in future

The focus on sustainability is driving Kochi Water Metro to explore hydrogen-fuel-cell technology, with plans to introduce a vessel running on green hydrogen in the near future, according to Kochi Water Metro Ltd managing director Loknath Behera.

Behera emphasized the importance of staying ahead in technological advancements to ensure sustainability. He noted that the existing electric-boat fleet would become obsolete in the next five to ten years, prompting the exploration of new technologies. The potential introduction of a hydrogen-fuel-cell vessel, developed by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), is being considered for large-scale adoption in future boats, although cost-effective modifications would be necessary, he explained.

While acknowledging the current expense of green hydrogen, Behera expressed optimism about its future affordability. Following recent operations on the South Chittoor, Eloor, and Cheranalloor routes, Behera announced plans to initiate services on the Fort Kochi-High Court stretch next. Trial runs near the floating pontoon at Fort Kochi terminal have been completed, with further tests scheduled for the route between High Court and Fort Kochi.

Behera outlined plans to commence services on the route in April, with a focus on tourists, aiming to operate three boats once service begins. Additionally, CSL is expected to deliver another boat soon.

Anticipating increased tourist activity during school vacations, efforts are underway to complete interior work at the Fort Kochi terminal. Construction of terminals at Paliyamthuruth, Kumbalam, Willingdon Island, Eroor, and Mattanchery is also progressing, according to an official statement.

Currently, Kochi Water Metro operates services on various routes including High Court-Vypeen, High Court-Bolgatty, High Court-South Chittoor, South Chittoor-Cheranalloor, Cheranalloor-Eloor, and Vyttila-Kakkanad.

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