The world’s first hydrogen-powered tug Hydrotug was recently launched by the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon and will enter operations at the Belgian port in early 2023, said the SCHOTTEL Group on Wednesday (17 August).
Hydrotug is equipped with SCHOTTEL propulsion systems and will be among the cleanest of the fleet of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, the second-largest seaport in Europe after Rotterdam.
“With the Hydrotug, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges is making an important step in the transition to a sustainable, CO2-neutral port,” said Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO at Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
“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.”
The main propulsion system of the tug consists of two SCHOTTEL RudderPropellers type SRP 460 (2,000 kW each) featuring propeller diameters of 2.4 metres. With this thruster configuration, the 31-metre long and 12.5-metre wide vessel will achieve a bollard pull of about 65 tonnes.
The SRP units are driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. Combustion of hydrogen does not emit any CO2, and the particle filter combined with the catalyser will result in minimal emissions of NOx and particulates.
Following its delivery, the tug will execute harbour operations in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
Photo credit: SCHOTTEL Group
Published: 18 August, 2022
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