Port of Antwerp-Bruges gets world's first hydrogen-powered tugboat
The Port of Antwerp-Bruges will be the first user of the Hydrotug, the world's largest hydrogen-powered vessel. The first water launch of the Hydrotug took place on last Monday in Spain and should be operational in the port of Antwerp-Bruges by 2023.
The "Hydrotug" was developed by CMB.TECH, a division of the Belgian shipping company CMB.
"A pioneering development and an important step in the transition towards a climate neutral port by 2050", says the CTO of CMB.TECH, Roy Campe.
To reduce the CO2 emissions of ships, the company already developed a hydrogen-powered ship, intended for transporting maintenance personnel of wind turbines at sea.
"With the Hydrotug we confirm our international pioneering role. The technology allows us to significantly improve air quality in ports.".
The Hydrotug is 12 metres wide and 30 metres long. It can store 415 kilograms of compressed hydrogen, eliminating emissions equivalent to 350 cars.
© BELGA PHOTO (JASPER JACOBS) A boat filling up with H2, at the CMB.TECH multimodal hydrogen energy charging station in Antwerp