Launching ceremony for second German fuel cell U-Boat
08 December 2003
Author: Stefan Geiger, Fuel Cell Today
Provider: Fuel Cell Today
According to a press release from German shipbuilding company “Nordseewerke”, a second fuel cell powered U-Boat has been launched on Thursday last week. The boat, jointly developed with the HDW shipyard in Kiel, is the most modern, non-nuclear u-boat in the world.
The boat, called ”U-32” is part of the 212A-class, is 56 metres long and weighs 1.500 tones. However, it will take at least another year before it can go into service, since most of the equipment is not fitted yet. Furthermore, the shipyards have not finished the field trials with the sister u-boat “U-31” which was launched in March 2002. When all the test will be complete, the German Navy expects the boats to run for weeks without having to surface.