A company on a mission to eliminate maritime pollution has begun construction of Water-Go-Round - the first-of-its-kind hydrogen (H2) fuel cell boat.

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM) last week held a keel laying ceremony, a celebrated tradition of laying down the backbone of a vessel, which is a milestone in making a ship come to life.

The 70ft catamaran is being built by Bay Ship and Yacht and is expected to be complete by September 2019. It will showcase the advantages of H2 fuel cells for the commercial maritime industry.

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Dr. Joseph W. Pratt, GGZEM’s CEO, said, “The ceremony symbolises more than the start of construction of a single vessel, it marks the start of a new movement in the maritime community.”

“Operators all over the world are seeing that H2 fuel cell electric drivetrains can provide both environmental and economic advantages.”

“GGZEM and our partners are proud to be selected by California to showcase this aboard the Water-Go-Round.”

Once the Water-Go-Round is launched it will be operated for three months in San Francisco Bay, to enable Sandia National Laboratories to independently assess performance and gather data for CARB to determine marine suitability of the technology. Additionally, partners will be gathering feedback from operators and passengers to determine best commercial use of the vessel.

Red and White Fleet intends to use the Water-Go-Round as the first of several vessels with GGZEM integrations in order to meet their commitment to a build a 100% zero emission fleet by 2025.

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