‘OId and polluted’
“Porto Montenegro was an old and polluted facility that we took and made into a beautiful marina,” he said, showing to the marina’s charging stations and other upgrades.
Daniele di Giampaolo, technical and sales director of Amico & Co, concurred, stating that the waterfront marina began similarly.
“More or less, we began the same way Montenegro did, with a marina that had a different purpose,” he said.
“We began with a significant expenditure of about €6.5 million to raise new berths and the associated bollards and arrangements.”
However, as hydrogen and other alternative propulsion systems and technologies become more publicly discussed, skipper and founder of Hynova Yachts Chloe Zaied said that marinas would be unable to accommodate these future vessels.
“We need infrastructure, but first and foremost, we require regulation.” Zaied’s hydrogen-powered boats posed a refueling problem for current ports, she said.
“Every port authority was completely confused by my [refueling] request. There was no mention of hydrogen in the ports, and the standards vary between ports.”
She felt that port authorities and maritime businesses worldwide must collaborate to guarantee that the industry progressed in the correct path to accommodate greener boats.