26th September 2019

Aberdeen Harbour Welcomes World-First Hydrogen Vessel

The world’s first hydrogen vessel has arrived into Aberdeen Harbour, as part of a six-year ‘Odyssey’ around the world.

The Energy Observer arrived into the Harbour on the evening of Friday 27th September, having spent time observing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the coast of Aberdeen.

The ‘vessel of the future’ - which is a former race-boat - is powered by a hydrogen production system, which uses three sources of renewable energy to produce carbon-free hydrogen on board from seawater.  It is the first vessel of its kind in the world.

The crew on board the floating laboratory are travelling around the world to search and document innovative and sustainable solutions for the environment. 

The extensive voyage began in 2017 and more than 100 stopovers will be made in 50 countries.  The Energy Observer has most recently toured Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the Energy Observer to Aberdeen Harbour as part of its unique and inspirational mission.  Energy transitions and climate change objectives are at the forefront of our thinking, and the challenge presented to the international shipping industry as we seek to dramatically reduce carbon emissions is immense. 

“To see such an innovative vessel arrive into our port is very exciting.  We look forward to seeing the results of the Energy Observer’s Odyssey and wish them all the best for the rest of the journey.”