A Norwegian consortium has been formed to develop a hydrogen supply chain for the Northern Xplorer (NX) first zero-emission cruise ship project as well as a wider maritime market looking for alternative fuels.

The partners comprise the NX cruise venture, hydrogen provider and owner of infrastructure Norwegian Hydrogen, high-capacity hydrogen transfer system supplier HYON, ship designer Multi Maritime and hydrogen storage system provider Hexagon Purus Maritime.

NX earlier said the 250- passenger zero-emission cruise ship operating on fuel cells and electric propulsion will be built by the West Sea shipyard in Viana do Costello, north of Porto, Portugal.