Hydrotug 1: Pioneering Hydrogen-Powered Innovation

Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH unveil the groundbreaking Hydrotug 1, the world’s premier hydrogen-fueled tugboat, marking a
Hydrotug 1: Pioneering Hydrogen-Powered Innovation

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Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH unveil the groundbreaking Hydrotug 1, the world’s premier hydrogen-fueled tugboat, marking a milestone in greener maritime solutions for Port of Antwerp-Bruges’ climate neutrality aspirations by 2050.

 

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The unveiling of the Hydrotug 1 by Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH heralds a pivotal moment in maritime innovation. Positioned as the first hydrogen-powered tugboat globally, it integrates combustion engines utilizing hydrogen alongside conventional fuel. This pioneering vessel employs BeHydro V12 dual fuel engines, complying with the latest EU Stage V emission standards.

With its BeHydro V12 engines generating 2 megawatts each, the Hydrotug 1 embraces clean fuels, manifesting a remarkable 65% reduction in traditional fuel consumption and associated emissions throughout its operational cycle. Housing 415kg of compressed hydrogen across 6 deck-installed stillages, this vessel delivers an emission cut equivalent to 350 cars annually.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, underlines their commitment to hydrogen economy leadership in Europe. He highlights the Hydrotug 1 as a beacon of inspiration and an exemplar for other ports, aligning with their vision to pioneer sustainable maritime practices.

The specifications of the Hydrotug 1 underscore its technological prowess and eco-friendly design. Featuring a 65-ton bollard pull, double hull, and Volvo Penta D8 MG Stage V for auxiliaries, this vessel sets a new standard in clean-energy maritime operations, classified by Lloyd’s Register.

Conclusion:
The Hydrotug 1’s launch signifies a revolutionary leap in maritime sustainability. Port of Antwerp-Bruges' commitment to hydrogen-powered innovation sets an influential precedent, emphasizing the potential for cleaner, greener fleet operations worldwide.

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