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Welcome aboard the world’s
frst fuel cell ship – a beacon
for a cleaner future for
The Viking Lady is a state-of-the-art offshore
supply vessel, and the frst commercial ship
ever with a fuel cell specially adapted for
marine use. The fuel cell enables the Viking
Lady to generate energy more effciently
and reduces emissions to air.
Compared with a traditional ship, the Viking
Lady’s advanced technology enables her to
reduce harmful emissions by the amount
emitted by 22,000 cars in one year. In
addition it allows her to operate very quietly.
These are signifcant advantages for a
ship with frequent stops in busy harbours
located in populated areas. For the Viking
Lady’s crew, this also means a healthier
work environment.
With her innovative fuel cell technology and
extremely advanced systems integration, the
Viking Lady points to a cleaner and greener
future for shipping. However, new technology
always comes with a price premium. It is
up to policy makers to provide framework
conditions that lead to new environmental
technology becoming commercially viable.
The Viking Lady is a result of «FellowSHIP»,
a Norwegian-Finnish-German joint industry
R&D project with the objective of answering
a growing call for sustainable energy
generation for marine and offshore use.
The project aims to develop and demon-
strate hybrid fuel cell power packs, the
frst of which will provide an electric power
output of 320kW. Fuel cells can operate on
a variety of fuels, including (as in the Viking
Lady) LNG (liquefed natural gas), biofuels,
methanol, hydrogen and landfll gas.
The project aims to develop auxiliary power
packs with a signifcant potential to reduce
emissions (up to 50%) and improve
energy effciency (up to 30%) when com-
pared to conventional power generators.
Emissions of harmful substances, such as
nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides
(SOx), will be completely eradicated.
Fuel cell technology that is compatible
with marine requirements.
Integration of sensitive fuel cell
technology in a rough ship machinery
Class approval of complete fuel cell
system installation on board an
oceangoing ship.
DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is an independent foundation with the
purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment. DNV
provides classifcation and certifcation services for a global market.

Eidesvik Offshore is a Norwegian shipowner which operates
a modern feet of highly specialised offshore supply vessels.
Eidesvik has been a main force behind the development of
environmentally friendly LNG-operated commercial ships.
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions
for the marine and energy markets. Wärtsilä has both designed
the Viking Lady and developed the ship’s power electronics.
The partners would like to thank the Research Council of Norway,
Innovation Norway, the Eureka network incl. the German Federal
Ministry of Economics and Technology, and the environmental
group Bellona Foundation for their contributions.
Delivery: 2009
Length: 92.2m
Width: 21m
Depth: 7.6m
Gross tonnage: 6100t
Dead weight: 5900t
Berths: 25 persons
IMO no.: 9409675
Class: DNV 1a1,
Supply Vessel
The Viking Lady is
owned by Eidesvik
Offshore and normally
services offshore
installations in
the often harsh waters
of the North Sea.
Eighty-fve per cent of global trade travels by sea. CO
emissions from shipping
exceed 1,000 million tonnes per year. Yet, to date, climate emissions as a result
of shipping remain unregulated.
The application of climate friendly technology can make a difference to the
global climate. Some of these technologies are already available – but need
regulatory encouragement to become commercially viable.
International initiatives to regulate emissions from shipping are now under way.
a global quota trading system can provide market-based incentives to make
emissions reductions commercially attractive.
Sustainable shipping is not just about CO
. Ships that operate on traditional
marine oils cause more local problems, like acid rain and smog. By optimising
fuel use or shifting to less polluting fuels, ships can reduce or altogether
eradicate their harmful emissions.