VOC and Deendayal Port set to develop hydrogen hubs

India is planning to introduce hydrogen as a fuel and the V.O. Chidambaranar (VOC) Port in Tamil Nadu and the Deendayal Port in Gujarat are set to develop hydrogen hubs. The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) have asked these two ports to also buy hydrogen powered green tug boats which is used for ushering large ships into berths. Moreover, the Cochin Shipyard is in advanced stages of developing green tugs that run on hydrogen. The centre is aiming to have two Indian ships that are powered by green hydrogen or its derivative fuels by 2027. This will be followed by the addition of at least two ships powered by green fuels every year. These plans are in line with the country’s target to decarbonise its ports under the Harit Sagar Green Port Guidelines 2023.