Wales based Bangor University’s in Wales seagoing research ship Prince Madog is set to reduce its emissions by up to 60% thanks to a pioneering £ 5.5M hydrogen power initiative that could help re-shape the future of shipping. The Transship II project will see the Prince Madog retrofitted with a hydrogen electric hybrid propulsion system that will enable zero to low emission operation by 2025.The new hydrogen propulsion system, which will work in conjunction with a diesel-fuelled main engine, will enable zero emission operation at slow speeds or over short distances such as daily teaching trips with the students from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University. In normal operation, the hybrid system and new novel propulsion design will reduce emissions by up to 60%.The project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3, funded by the Department for Transport in partnership with Innovate UK. It will be delivered by a consortium of major UK innovators in green maritime technology and hydrogen systems, led by O.S Energy who own and operate a fleet of dedicated offshore service vessels.Other consortium partners include H2Tec, part of Edinburgh-based hydrogen technologies expert Logan Energy, as well as Solis Marine Engineering, Newcastle Marine Services, Chartwell Marine, Cedar Marine, Smetric tone Marine Propulsion and the universities of Exeter and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. The consortium was supported in its bid by Menter Môn, the developer of the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub, a potential local green hydrogen supply partner for the consortia.The Prince Madog, co-owned by Bangor University in Wales, recently celebrated 20 years of service to education and science. The research vessel has changed the way Bangor University understands marine and coastal sciences and is the only one of its kind in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.