Hydrotug 1 Arrives in Belgium

Hydrotug 1 Arrives in Belgium

The world’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat arrived at the Port of Ostend in Belgium on Thursday, Oct. 27, for its final touches before its expected delivery by the end of 2022.

According to the Antwerp-Bruges port authority, the arrival of the Hydrotug 1 in the Port of Ostend will complete the tugboat with the further installation of the hydrogen system. The port explained that Ostend was chosen so that the tug can use the CMB.TECH’s Hydrocat 48 hydrogen bunkering facilities.

In addition, their goal is for the Hydrotug 1 to be fully operational at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in the first quarter of 2023 following the completed installation of the hydrogen system as well as a few sea trials.

Hydrotug 1

The Hydrotug 1 had its first water launch at the Armón Shipyards in Navia, Spain on May 16. It is equipped with two BeHydro V12 dual-fuel medium engines that can run on both hydrogen and traditional fuel, and can also store “415 kg of compressed hydrogen in 6 stillages installed on deck and eliminates the emission’s equivalent of 350 cars.”

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges pointed out that the Hydrotug 1 is a part of an “integral greening program” for the fleet as well as an “important step” in the transition to a climate-neutral port by 2050.

“With this innovation, Port of Antwerp-Bruges strives to integrate the most environmentally-friendly technologies available,” the port authority said.

On its website, CMB.TECH also emphasized that hydrogen is the “only fuel which can provide a zero-emission future,” based on the current industry demands and operating behaviors. It added that the hydrogen dual-fuel tug is a “great new opportunity” for business, services, and industries to reduce emissions.

“We are delighted that Port of Antwerp-Bruges will be the first user of Hydrotug, the world's largest hydrogen-powered vessel. The technology has been approved by Lloyd's Register and we are ready to approach the global market of 10,000 tugs. With this technology we can significantly improve the air quality in ports and bring hydrogen technology to every port worldwide,” CMB.TECH CTO Roy Campe said.