Hydrotug: the world’s first hydrogen powered tugboat
The first tugboat in the world to be powered by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel.
We are convinced of the potential of hydrogen as the key to sustainable shipping and making the energy transition of a reality. The expertise that we acquire with the Hydrotug will enable us to further develop the use of hydrogen as a ship’s fuel.
Currently, in the design phase, the Hydrotug will be the first tugboat in the world to be powered by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. The HydroTug is expected to be operating in Port of Antwerp within two years.
The hydrogen dual-fuel co-combustion 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 that can provide a zero-emission future.
With Hydrotug, CMB confirms its international pioneering role in the transition to ships powered by environmentally friendly fuel.
On Thursday, 27 October, the Hydrotug arrived in the port of Ostend. Here, the first hydrogen-powered tugboat will be further finished with the hydrogen system. Ostend was chosen because the tug can use the hydrogen bunkering facilities of CMB.TECH's Hydrocat 48 there.
Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH will soon welcome the Hydrotug, the first hydrogen-powered tugboat. The Hydrotug consists of two BeHydro V12 dual fuel medium speed engines that can run on hydrogen and traditional fuel. This ground-breaking development will be used by Port of Antwerp-Bruges as an important step in the transition to a sustainable, climate neutral port by 2050 and will be operational in the first quarter of 2023.