A world-first project, CMB.TECH’s Hydrotug will be the first tugboat in the world to be powered by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel.

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The Hydrotug will feature:

  • Type I hydrogen storage cylinders
  • 396 individual cylinders
  • Total of 405.5 kg of hydrogen
  • Two 2000kW V12 dual-fuel BeHydro engines
  • Stage V SCR and particulate filter

The first in the world

CMB.TECH has looked at the available technologies and found that, based on current industry demands and operating behaviour, hydrogen is the only fuel that can provide a zero-emission future.

The hydrogen dual-fuel tug is a great new opportunity for businesses, services, and industry to reduce their emissions

Tugboats use medium speed diesel engines which can be converted easily into a dual-fuel (hydrogen – diesel) powered vessel. The components are already proven in other industries, resulting in a low-risk solution to the owners.

The Hydrotug will be launched at the end of 2022 and will be used by Antwerp Port Authority for its daily operations.

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Further features complete the innovate vessel:

  • 65 ton bollard pull
  • Tractor tug
  • Classification alongside Lloyd's Register
  • FiFi1 with water spray
  • Brusselle electric winch
  • Double hull
  • Volvo Penta IMO tier 3 (SCR) auxiliaries
  • Three person manning
  • Max. 499 GT

Transition to ships powered by environmentally friendly fuel

With Hydrotug, CMB.TECH confirms its international pioneering role in the transition to ships powered by environmentally friendly fuel. This project can be an enabler for large Hydrogen infrastructure in port areas, following the example of the refuelling station in the port of Antwerp.