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Hydrogen-run ferries taking to seas in Gladstone

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Passengers will soon hop aboard on one the world's first hydrogen run ferries. 
 
The State Government is providing $5 million in funding for SeaLink to design, construct and use a hydrogen-powered ferry.
 
The vessel would operate as a shuttle between Gladstone and LNG facilities on Curtis Island.
 
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher says the Government will continue to invest in Gladstone, cementing it as the hydrogen industry capital.
 
“This is another huge vote of confidence in Gladstone’s ability grow new industries and export the products to the world,” Mr Butcher says.
 
“We’ve already seen it with the LNG industry and the growing renewable hydrogen industry will further enhance Gladstone’s – and the region’s – reputation.”
 
SeaLink Marine & Tourism Chief Operating Officer, Donna Gauci says the company was part of Australia’s largest integrated provider of land and marine transport services committed to investing in sustainable transport solutions.
 
“Using our extensive experience in sustainable transport solutions, we will design and construct a world-first internationally compliant hydrogen-powered passenger ferry to join our SeaLink Gladstone fleet operating out of the Gladstone marina," Ms Gauci says. 
 
“The new hydrogen-powered ferry will be a major addition to our passenger transport in Gladstone, capable of carrying up to 200 passengers and travelling at speeds of up to 20 knots (37kph) up to a range of 50 nautical miles.”
 
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