A group of Japanese conglomerates, including NYK Line, have unveiled a demonstration project for a hydrogen-powered ferry sponsored by the government.

In a joint press release, NYK said it will be responsible for developing, building and operating the ship with a capacity of 100 passengers as part of the Japanese shipping giant’s decarbonisation efforts.

“The project…is Japan's first effort to develop a commercially available fuel cell vessel and carry out a demonstration operation involving the supply of hydrogen fuel,” the company said.