Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US

On Wednesday, a plan to put hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferries
in US waters moved forward as startup Golden Gate Zero Emission
Marine (GGZEM) announced a partnership with Switch Maritime, an
impact investment fund that will finance and operate a fleet of
such vessels.

GGZEM received a
$3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

last November to build a 70-foot, 84-passenger, hydrogen fuel
cell-powered boat. Named the Water-Go-Round, the vessel will be
used to take passengers across the San Francisco Bay. The ferry,
which is currently under construction in Alameda, Calif., is
expected to be complete in September. After its completion, it will
undergo three months of testing so researchers can gather data on
its performance.

Switch Maritime (sometimes styled SW/TCH) is the new operator of
the ferry, and it hopes to decarbonize water transport throughout
the United States. The company recently announced another project
in New York City to build a battery-powered ferry, which will be
completed after the Water-Go-Round’s debut. Switch says it “plans
to work with existing ferry operators on both coasts to provide
capital to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission modes of
transit,” according to a press release.

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Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US