Antwerp Launches World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Tug, step Towards Green Maritime Solutions

Hydrogen Powered Tug Antwerp-Bruges port

13th December 2023

Hydrotug1: First Hydrogen-Powered Tug

In a momentous occasion for the global maritime industry, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat has been unveiled in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, heralding a new era of sustainable shipping practices.

A Quantum Leap in Maritime Innovation

“Hydrotug1” represents a collaboration between cleantech organization CMB.TECH, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Belgian shipping, a visionary in maritime technology, and several partners specializing in renewable energy solutions. Hydrotug1 is set to redefine the standards of eco-friendly propulsion systems, offering a glimpse into a future where hydrogen takes center stage in the maritime industry.


Clean Propulsion Technology

Hydrotug1 propulsion system relies on cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology. These fuel cells generate electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, emitting only water vapor as a byproduct.

This revolutionary technology not only provides an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuels but also positions as a beacon of hope in the industry’s quest for carbon-neutral operations.

Antwerp’s Commitment to Sustainability

The launch of Hydrotug1 in Antwerp, one of Europe’s largest and busiest ports, underscores the city’s commitment to sustainable practices. Antwerp has long been a frontrunner in embracing environmentally conscious initiatives, and the introduction of the world’s first hydrogen-powered tug is a testament to the city’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint.

Key Features of Hydrotug1

The world’s first tugboat to be propelled by combustion engines that consume hydrogen in addition to conventional gasoline is the Hydrotug1. It is the first ship equipped with the most recent EU Stage V emissions aftertreatment system and the BeHydro V12 dual fuel medium speed engines, each of which can produce 2 MW. The vessel’s hydrogen fuel cells provide robust power output, allowing it to navigate the intricate waterways and undertake the demanding tasks typical of tugboats.

First Hydrogen Powered Tug

Impact on the Global Maritime Landscape

The launch Hydrotug1 of is poised to reverberate across the international maritime sector. Shipping companies and port authorities worldwide are expected to take note of Antwerp’s pioneering efforts, potentially inspiring a paradigm shift towards hydrogen-powered vessels. This move aligns with the industry’s broader goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adhering to stringent environmental regulations.

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The unveiling of the world’s first hydrogen-powered tug, Hydrotug1 , in the port of Antwerp is a momentous occasion that transcends regional significance. It is a testament to the collaborative efforts of forward-thinking entities, showcasing the potential of hydrogen as a key player in the future of maritime propulsion. As other ports and shipping companies take note, Hydrotug1 launch may very well be the catalyst for a global transformation towards greener seas.

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