Cochin Shipyard Limited announced on February 28, 2024 will mark a remarkable day for India's new technology initiative, as first indigenously developed and built Hydrogen fuel cell ferry is set to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The inauguration of the project is planned to be done in virtual mode from Thoothukudi. India's commitment to a sustainable future aims for net zero emissions by 2070.

At the forefront of this endeavour is the adoption of green hydrogen as a maritime fuel. In line with the Government of India's green vision, Cochin Shipyard has embarked on an ambitious endeavour to design, develop and construct India's first fully indigenous hydrogen fuel cell catamaran ferry vessel as a pilot project to demonstrate the technology for the maritime sector. Fuel cell powered vessel is having zero emission, zero noise and energy efficient which in turn reduce the effect of global warming.

The inauguration of this project will provide impetus for using Hydrogen in marine application as envisaged under National Green Hydrogen Mission and early adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the marine sector will provide it a global competitive advantage where by meeting sustainable green energy aspiration of Nation for net zero emission.