Norway’s Gen2 Energy has revealed a plan to design and build two vessels that will carry compressed hydrogen in containers.

The producer has brought in domestic company Sirius Design & Integration to develop the specialised ships.

They will carry “large quantities” of the zero-carbon gas.

The carriers will be 190 metres long and transport 500 40-foot boxes.

The idea is to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint through zero-emissions operations.

Using hydrogen in the propulsion systems of the vessels will be part of the design work, which is said to be well underway.

“This agreement is a definitive breakthrough for us and shows that we have brought with us the best of the best,” said Sirius chief executive Havard Saetre.