Passenger Vessel Ferry

Hydrogen Powered
  • Boat REF#  ·  222502
  • Length  ·  12.00m
  • Year  ·  2013
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Semi-Displacement
  • Engine  ·  2 x 15hp, 2 x 48 volt electric motors (2013)
  • Lying  ·  Bristol
Boatshed Bristol
Boatshed Bristol
Boatshed Bristol Team

Extra Details

Designer Bristol Hydrogen Boats
Builder Bristol Hydrogen Boats
Lying Bristol
Fuel capacity 350.0 ltr (77.0 USG) Total - 4 Tanks
Water capacity 100.0 ltr (22.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 150.0 ltr (33.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 2 x 15hp
Engine make and model 2 x 48 volt electric motors (2013)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Air cooled
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 bladed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots


Length 12.00m
Beam 3.96m
Draft Max 0.76m
Airdraft 2.16m
Displacement 3,000kg (6,615.0lbs)
Headroom 1.98m
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

48 volt battery, 8 batteries charged by: engine Batteries are for emergency "get home" power


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Built in Bristol, this 12m steel hydrogen powered ferry has been operating on Bristol's historic floating harbour. Commissioned by Bristol City Council in 2010 as part of its Green Capital initiatives. Named in February 2012, following a local schools competition, “Hydrogenesis” has been designed and built by Bristol Hydrogen Boats, a local consortium formed by the directors of Bristol Packet Boat Trips, Number Seven Boat Trips and Auriga Energy. Powered by a 12kW fuel cell via two west-country produced permanent magnet DC motors, the ferry carries 12 passengers and two crew.
The fuel cell is a reverse electrolysis process bringing Hydrogen and Oxygen together with a catalyst to create electricity. It was invented by Swansea based lawyer, Sir William Grove in 1839. The first practical working models were developed by Frances Bacon at Cambridge University in 1950s. Further developed by NASA in the 1960s for the manned space missions. Resulting in the technology finally reaching commercial reality in the early 2000s.

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe and can be generated close to the point of use. Fuel cells offer strong potential for transport to help deliver tangible carbon reductions. As an alternative to petrol and diesel engines, hydrogen fuel cell powered transport impacts significantly less on the environment producing zero emissions: the only waste product is water. This would result in a big reduction in air pollution in addition to reduced noise, if the, technology is widely adopted.

The six-month trial, tested the ferry's performance under seasonal operating conditions to enable environmental and economic benchmarking against conventional diesel powered vessels. Looking forward, work will continue on establishing commercially viable operations including the generation of the hydrogen fuel from local renewable energy projects such as wind, solar, water power and waste recycling.

Main fuel tank 350 bar Carbon wrapped giving 24 hours use plus 3 bottle tanks giving approx 1.5 hours use each


Cabin(s) 1
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)


Pressurised water system

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover
Swim Ladder
Cockpit Enclosure

1 anchors
40.00m of rode

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights

Safety Equipment

Life buoys
Swim ladder

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

This one off, and as far as is known the only one in the world currently, passenger ferry powered by Hydrogen cells has now completed her designated task of proving the concept and is offered for sale.

She is licenced to carry twelve passenger with two crew and could be used either as a continuing ferry or would lend herself readily to conversion for other uses.

Built at a cost of several hundred thousand she is now available at a seriously low price of offers over £67000 plus VAT.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Passenger Vessel Ferry has been personally photographed and viewed by a representative of Boatshed Bristol. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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