(c) (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
We heard recently of Europe’s biggest hydrogen-powered bus fleet in Aberdeen, the UK’s biggest hydrogen cell installation, also in Aberdeen:
Now we see the First minister launching the UK’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ferry, the 102m MV Glen Sannox in Port Glasgow. The First Minister described her (the ferry) and her soon to be launched sister ship as ‘state-of-the-art ferries [which] are more sustainable, therefore contributing to Scotland’s world-leading climate change goals. They are also capable of carrying more vehicles and benefiting the communities that rely on them.’
The Glen Sannox will run on the Ardrossan to Arran line, carry 1 000 passengers, 127 cars or 16 HGVs and far too many pints of beer for those often choppy waters.
The second vessel is yet to be named. I think a public competition is out after the Boaty McBoatface incident. A bridge-naming competition in Slovakia, in 2012 produced the winning choice by 74% of ‘Chuck Norris Bridge’ after the notorious gun-toting and NRA champion film ‘star’. It’s called the ‘Freedom Cycling Bridge’ now. Boring? Any mention of the MV Glen Campbell will lead to another competition to guess what the MV might mean in his case.