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.

With Hydrotug, CMB.TECH confirms its international pioneering role in the transition to ships powered by environmentally friendly fuels. This project can be an enabler for large hydrogen infrastructure in port areas, as was show-cased by the construction of the hydrogen refuelling station next to the port of Antwerp.

The first in the world

Hydrotug is the world’s first hydrogen powered tugboat. It is powered by a dual fuel (hydrogen – diesel) medium speed engine and will be operated by the Port of Antwerp.

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 tugboat owners and operators.

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

Render Hydrotug op zee

The Hydrotug will feature:

  • Type III hydrogen storage cylinders
  • 54 individual cylinders
  • Total of 405.5 kg of hydrogen
  • Two MW V12 dual-fuel BeHydro engines
  • Stage V SCR and particulate filter
H Ydrotug V2 XRAY

Further features complete the innovate vessel:

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