Hydrogen-powered tug is world first for Port of Antwerp
Port of Antwerp has ordered construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This unique “Hydrotug” is driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. The motors also comply with the very strictest standard, the EU Stage V, making them the lowest-rated for emissions on the market. This ultra-low-emission tug is being built by Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a pioneer in the field of hydrogen power for shipping. With this world first Antwerp is making an important step in the transition to a sustainable, CO2-neutral port. By lending support to this promising technology Port of Antwerp hopes that the shipping industry will follow. The port is systematically pursuing a policy of making its entire fleet eco-friendly by incorporating the most environment-friendly technologies available on the market.
ECOSUBSEA achieves requirements to offer sustainable hull cleaning in the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge
ECOsubsea, the Norwegian cleantech firm with a unique hull cleaning technology has won contracts to clean in North European ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge thanks to the technology’s ability to remove all hull fouling from the water, the company said in its release. The technologically-advanced system has now been approved for use in the two North European ports following around 500 vessel cleanings in Southampton and Norway and its proven ability to meet strict environmental requirements. While hull cleaning is an important part of vessel efficiency it has become mired in controversy due to the high risk of invasive species being easily transferred across the oceans and becoming an environmental and economic hazard.
Port of Antwerp readies landmark hydrogen fuelling
The Port of Antwerp aims to open a hydrogen bunkering station later this year, its CEO Jacques Vandermeiren revealed earlier this week at Petrospot’s Marine Energy Transition Forum. The news comes as Antwerp, Europe’s largest petrochemical complex, brings online a swathe of alternate fuels for shipping, including LNG and methanol. While social media posts suggested the hydrogen bunkering could happen within the next couple of months, a spokesperson for the port told Splash that Antwerp was still working on the logistics of the venture, a world first, and no timeline could be confirmed yet.Upload News