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Norled’s MF Hydra wins Ship of the Year


Skipsrevyen has awarded MF Hydra, the world’s first hydrogen powered ferry, Ship of the Year 2021. The Norwegian Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide handed out the award on board the ferry on Wednesday September 8.

 MF Hydra was built for Norled at Westcon Yard and designed by LMG Marin.

“The combination of hydrogen and electrical power makes MF Hydra one of the most environmentally friendly ferries in the world. Hydrogen, which is a zero-emission fuel, also shows promising signs of being an alternative fuel for ships, even over longer distances,” said the leader of the jury’s and editor-in-chief of Skipsrevyen Gustav Erik Blaalid.

“MF Hydra is the first hydrogen ship approved by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Through the project, knowledge has been developed that will have great transfer value to a future fleet of zero-emission ships, and thereby contribute positively to reducing emissions,” said Blaalid.

“This recognition means a lot to Norled. MF Hydra is a vessel we have worked on for several years, invested a lot of time and effort in, and collaborated with many on. This is an award we share with all our partners,” said CEO of Norled, Heidi Wolden.

MF Hydra marks the start of the hydrogen adventure. It is a milestone for the industry and for Norled. In 2014 we were honored to win Ship of the Year for MF Ampere. It was also the start of an electric revolution in the ferry industry. Six years later we have won the award with a hydrogen vessel, MF Hydra.

“The key to a successful succeed with the green shift and the hydrogen vessel MF Hydra is clearly cooperation. Collaboration with our suppliers, our employees, and clients. Without the clear vision and will from the Norwegain authorities to choose new green solutions and invest in them, we would not have achieved this,” said Heidi Wolden.


Ship of the year is the industry’s most prestigious professional jury award for Norwegian ship technology and innovation. The prize is awarded annually to a Norwegian-built ship at a Norwegian shipyard.

Skipsrevyen’s readers nominate the candidates for the award and a jury of professionals makes the selection. Skipsrevyen’s partners for Ship of the Year are NME (Norwegian Maritime Exporters, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Norwegian Industry, Maritime Bergen, Norwegian Shipyards and the Maritime Forum.

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