With the help of the Austal shipyard, the Swedish shipowner Gotlandsbolaget has unveiled the second zero-emission vessel in its Horizon series.
Gotland Hydrocat is a high-speed catamaran that will feature a multi-green fuel engine, with hydrogen as the preferred one.
The 35 knot-max speed vessel will offer room for 1,600 passengers, plus space for 450 cars.
Gotlandsbolaget intends to place an order on Gotland Hydrocat in 2025, with the catamaran entering traffic in 2030.
It is the same time horizon for Gotland Horizon, a ferry concept, also multi-green fuel, presented by Gotlandsbolaget, Gotland Tech Development, and Destination Gotland last year. The 28-knot ro-pax will offer room for 1,900 passengers and cargo capacity for 100 trucks & trailers.
The crossing times between Gotland and the Swedish mainland will be 2:50 for Gotland Hydrocat and 3:15 for Gotland Horizon.
"It feels excellent that we now have two concept ships for our future fleet that will bring Gotland and the mainland even closer - at the same time reducing our emissions dramatically," Marcus Risberg, Destination Gotland's CEO, said.
Håkan Johansson, Gotlandsbolaget's CEO, added, "The Horizon series is 'the' single most important initiative of ours to lower shipping's footprint. We enjoy a long tradition of utilising leading-edge technology and constantly modernising our fleet."
Destination Gotland, which runs Gotland-mainland ferry traffic, aims to make its operations carbon-neutral by 2045.