First fuel-cell ferry to set sail in San Francisco Bay Area by next year

Soon the Bay Area’s ferry commuters will get a breath of fresh air and a new ride as the Red and White Fleet looks to move away from the odorous diesel fuel it’s relied on for decades.

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine and Bay Ship & Yacht Co. have started construction of their hydrogen fuel-cell boat, dubbed Water-Go-Round, the company said Thursday during a keel laying ceremony, the ship-building milestone of placing the “backbone of a vessel.”

GGZE hopes the first-of-its-kind ferry will show…