Damen and Saverys to Construct Four Hydrogen Dual-Fuel Tugs

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Shipbuilder Damen and CMB.TECH are teaming up to build some of the first hydrogen-powered tugboats. This project enhances Damen’s offerings, following their addition of an electric tug in the ASD class, aligning with the Saverys’ strategy to lead the industry towards decarbonization.

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The partnership involves constructing four tugs utilizing CMB.TECH’s dual-fuel hydrogen technology. This initiative is part of the companies’ ongoing collaboration, which includes the construction of Commissioning Service Operations Vessels for the Saverys’ offshore company Windcat, also employing dual-fuel hydrogen generator sets. Previously, CMB.TECH introduced the first hydrogen-fueled crew transfer vessel.

“This contract marks another very important step in the development of our hydrogen-powered vessel portfolio,” said Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB.TECH. “ASD tugs are ideal assets to start the decarbonization of port operations. With our hydrogen tugs, every port in the world will now be able to lower its carbon emissions and create demand for green hydrogen production.”

Alexander Saverys envisions decarbonization of shipping, advocating for hydrogen use in near-shore operations such as tugs, offshore vessels, and transfer crafts, while developing ammonia-based systems for ocean-going ships.

Alongside the Damen order, Lloyds’ Register awarded an approval in principle (AiP) for the hydrogen solution on the tugs, recognizing it as a cost-effective decarbonization solution.

The dual-fuel hydrogen ASD Tugs 2812 FF-H2 will feature an 80-tonnes bollard pull and four high-speed dual-fuel hydrogen engines designed to minimize NOx and CO2 emissions. They can also run on traditional fuel if needed. The tugs will have modular storage systems for compressed hydrogen, each carrying up to 16 hydrogen bottles, storing a total of 736kg of pressurized hydrogen at 350 bar.

Details about the tugs include a weight of approximately 380 tons, a length of 90 feet (28 meters), and the capacity to carry up to 10 crew members. They can operate at speeds up to 12 knots on traditional fuel. The electric version of the class is slightly smaller, with a speed of 10 knots.

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges pioneered the world’s first hydrogen dual-fuel tug, Hydrotug 1, introduced at the end of 2023. Built in Spain using CMB.TECH technology, Hydrotug 1 has a smaller hydrogen storage capacity but can operate for 24 hours. The new design increases hydrogen storage capacity by 75%, pushing hydrogen into mainstream operations.

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