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Hydrotug: the world’s first hydrogen powered tugboat



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.

“We are convinced of the potential of hydrogen as the key to sustainable shipping and making the energy transition of a reality,” says Alexander Saverys, CEO of Compagnie Maritime Belge. “The expertise that we acquire with the Hydrotug will enable us to further develop the use of hydrogen as a ship’s fuel.”

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 which can provide a zero-emission future. 

With Hydrotug, CMB confirms its international pioneering role in the transition to ships powered by environmentally friendly fuel.


CMB and Tsuneishi join forces to build a hydrogen-powered ferry



By combining TFC’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding capabilities and CMB Technologies’ extensive knowhow in marine hydrogen systems, both parties hope to build a revolutionary ship that will be a milestone in the journey towards zero carbon emission shipping.

This new development also supports Japan’s vision to become a leading hydrogen society by 2050.
After receiving the necessary regulatory approval, the ship will be built at TFC’s facilities in Onomichi, Japan and is expected to be delivered in time for the Hydrogen Olympic Games in 2020. 

Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft Co., Ltd. is engaged in the building and repair of aluminium alloy vessels, general construction, and lifeboat maintenance and inspection. In our pursuit of safety and comfort for marine traffic and lifestyles through these businesses, we challenge ourselves to take on new initiatives that will enable people to live pleasantly, in a manner that gives them a sense of reassurance toward the future. 


CMB accelerates its investments in hydrogen technologies.



Since 1995, Revolve Technologies Limited (RTL) has specialised in the engineering, development, prototyping, design and testing of automotive and marine engines.

RTL has been pioneering and developing hydrogen combustion engines (H2ICE) and systems for more than 10 years. 

Among other things, RTL has developed the engines on board the CMB-owned Hydroville, the world’s first sea-going vessel with dual fuel diesel-hydrogen engines. 

The business will be fully integrated under CMB NV. is the Innovation and Development division of CMB NV. focuses on hydrogen and low carbon technologies, energy saving solutions, digital fleet performance monitoring and weather routing. 

The newly acquired business will be rebranded and will remain based in Brentwood, UK. will not only focus on CMB’s hydrogen projects, but also continue to supply consultancy services to third party customers in the automotive and marine industries.’s growing team consists of over 30 highly skilled engineers and technical staff and includes a workshop for prototyping and engine test cell facilities.

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