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24.09.2019 | News

A world first project: the Hydrotug

CMB is working on the construction of HydroTug. This tugboat will be the first in the world to be powered by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. The port of Antwerp, which requested the construction, has a world first with this project. The HydroTug would be ready within two years.

“We are convinced of the potential of hydrogen as the key to sustainable shipping and making the energy transition of a reality,” says Alexander Saverys, CEO of Compagnie Maritime Belge. “The expertise that we acquire with the Hydrotug will enable us to further develop the use of hydrogen as a ship’s fuel.”

The hydrogen dual-fuel tug is a new opportunity in a world which demands all businesses, services and industry to reduce their emissions. CMB has looked at the available technologies and found that, based on current industry demands and operating behaviour, hydrogen is the only fuel which can provide a zero-emission future.

With HydroTug, CMB confirms its international pioneering role in the transition to ships powered by environmentally friendly fuel.

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