Passenger Vessel Ferry

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Boat REF# 222502
£67,000.00 (Approx €79,033.20)
LOA 12.00m
Year 2013
Construction Steel
Underwater profile semi-displacement
Engine 2 x 15hp, 2 x 48 volt electric motors (2013)
Lying Bristol

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Extra Details

Designer Bristol Hydrogen Boats
Builder Bristol Hydrogen Boats
Lying Bristol
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Fuel capacity 350.0 ltr Total - 4 Tanks
Water capacity 100.0 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 150.0 ltr 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


LOA 12.00m
Beam 3.96m
Draft Max 0.76m
Airdraft 2.16m
Displacement 3,000kg
Headroom 1.98m
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

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


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
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
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)
Pressurised water system tick

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick

1 anchors
0.00m of chain
40.00m of warp

Safety Equipment

Life buoys tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick

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 it's 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 John of Boatshed Bristol. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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