The announcement comes in the wake of India’s Green Hydrogen Mission, launched in January 2023, which aims to drive the production of 5 MMT of green hydrogen annually by 2030.
The announcement, which includes plans to convert all tugboats in the country to non-fossil fuel-based alternatives by 2030, is expected to drive domestic demand for green hydrogen. Further, greening of tugboats powered by hydrogen and its derivatives is a key step in decarbonising India’s maritime sector.
What technology will be championed in the initial hybridisation of tugs? How will hydrogen and its derivatives-fuelled tugboats overcome cost challenges? Further, retrofitting tugboats poses particular challenges, and it will be interesting to see how the government extends support to mitigate them.