Hydrogen-powered ferries travelling from Newport to be trialled

South Wales Argus:

A NEW water ferry service travelling between Newport and South West England could set sail as part of a new scheme involving hydrogen powered ferries crossing the Bristol Channel.

Patriot Yachts has announced it is trialling running ferries between Cardiff and Bristol harbours - with routes linking Newport and Cardiff to Ilfracombe in Devon also on the cards.

Chief executive of of the Plymouth-based company Connor Johnson said he believes hydrogen-powered vehicles are the way forward as many try and cut their reliance on polluting fossil fuels.


“We all know that the world is trying to reduce the carbon footprint,” he said. “Europe and other countries around the world have already invested millions even billions into new Hydrogen production plants and other sectors such as transport, production and distribution.

“The UK has now realised that we need to do the same as these other countries.

“I personally undertook this venture to make a small difference, not globally but locally and for my sons and daughters future generations.

Connor Johnson, chief executive of Patriot Yachts. Picture: Connor Johnson.

“We are currently killing the planet slowly and we all need to learn to adapt to new technology and renewable energy instead of just burning fossils fuels.

“Hydrogen is the fuel of the future, I personally believe, and now Hydrogen technology has suddenly taken a leap forward in the media everyday it is about time we do something to make a differe....

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