Neo Orbis keel laying is a fact

The construction of the Neo Orbis was started by welding a coin into the ship for prosperity and good luck. This is called "The keel laying. The Neo Orbis moves on sodium borohydride, making it the first ship in the world to run entirely on hydrogen.

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The keel laying marks the start of construction. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-June. The second half of the year will be devoted to installing the installation that will mix the sodium borohydride pellets with pure water, creating hydrogen. The construction of the ship at Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog is also innovative. All parts of the ship's hull are ready as a cutting pattern. Welders will put the parts together.

Neo Orbis was created in part with a grant from H2SHIPS, a European project that aims to further develop the maritime application of hydrogen for the North West Europe region. This flagship is therefore an inspiration for the rest of the shipping industry such as inland navigation, short sea, dredging, offshore and naval vessels. 

The Neo Orbis (New World) is expected to enter service in 2024.