HySeas III


HySeas III is the final part of a three part research program that began in 2013 looking into the theory of hydrogen powered vessels (HySeas I), followed by a detailed technical and commercial study to design a hydrogen fuel cell powered vessel (Hyseas II 2014-2015).

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 769417.

The project will develop, construct, test and validate a full sized drive train on land. Should this test be successful, Scottish Transport have agreed to fund the building of a roll-on roll-off passenger ferry which will integrate the entire hydrogen/electric drive train which will be subject to extensive monitoring and testing.



The ambition of the project flows is in line with that of the IMO and other regulatory bodies to greatly enhance the fire safety of ro-ro ships. LASH FIRE gives European industry knowledge to address the technical challenges of these updated rules, enhancing shipyards, system suppliers and further industries to develop and build safer and more competitive ships for sustainable transport.

The project has a holistic approach to the problem and will investigate the following:

  • Effective Manual Operations: More effective fire managing operations in all stages of a fire, including risk-based screening and management of cargo, more efficient fire patrols and first response as well as effective firefighting.
  • Inherently Safe Design: Improved design for critical operations in case of fire, reducing the potential for human error, accelerating time sensitive tasks and providing more comprehensive and effective decision support.
  • Ignition Prevention: Significant reduction of the most probable ignition sources and of ignitable deck materials on ro-ro deck, as well as provision for automatic screening and support for risk-based loading.
  • Detection: Quicker, more reliable and more robust technical means for fire detection, confirmation, localization and assessment on all types of ro-ro decks.
  • Extinguishment: Quick extinguishment regardless of deck, system type or size/existence of crew.
  • Containment: Elimination of significant containment weaknesses, considering smoke, fire & heat integrity.

LASH FIRE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814975.