The event took place in the presence of children from Urasaki Primary School who were on summer holiday. The presentation also included a ceremony to mark the accomplishment of the recently completed HydroBingo, where it was reintroduced to a large audience, including the Ambassador of Belgium.
Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB:
“Thanks to this strong collaboration, we have been able to build this unique vessel. It is the result of the joining of forces of two families and companies with a long history in Japan and Europe. CMB and Tsuneishi will continue to invest in hydrogen applications for the maritime and land-based industries. This is only the beginning of a very exciting journey towards zero carbon shipping.”
The HydroBingo is the first 80 passenger ferry for commercial use with two hydrogen diesel combustion engines. This hydrogen-powered ferry is an eco-ship that significantly reduces the amount of CO₂ and other harmful gases. CO₂ emissions are up to 50% lower compared to a conventional diesel engine.
The HydroBingo is equipped with a mobile hydrogen trailer at the stern, which is designed to deliver hydrogen to the engine via a special double walled pipeline. Via a ramp, the trailer can be unloaded easily and can be brought to a refuelling station for refill. In addition, she has several hydrogen-related applications that reflect the dual-fuel ship design based on the requirements of the IGF Code and according to the "Safety Guidelines for Hydrogen Fueled and Fuel Cell Ships" made on the basis of hydrogen fuel specialties.This vessel has also received approval for inspection from the Japan Craft Inspection Organization (JCI).