CMB Group Christens Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Vessel

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Friday December 1, 2017

The CMB Group (CMB) says it has christened the Hydroville, which it hails as the world's first accredited passenger vessel powered by hydrogen in a diesel engine.

"The catamaran is first and foremost a pilot project to test hydrogen technology for applications in large seafaring ships," explained the group.

The 16-passenger vessel will be employed on daily trips between Kruibeke and Antwerp during peak times in an effort to offer an environmentally-friendly transport to and from the office.

"Fuel cells offer more possibilities in that area, but the high cost makes them less suitable for large-scale commercial transport. If we want to build green ships or aircraft at present, we will need to focus on biofuel or hydrogen," said CMB.

"The first experiment on the table in commercial (freight) shipping is to equip a CMB container ship with a hydrogen-powered auxiliary engine."

Last year, Ship & Bunker reported that Alexandre Closset, CEO of Swiss Hydrogen SA (Swiss Hydrogen Hydrogen), suggested that hydrogen gas will replace diesel in a marine industry that is forced to reduce its emissions.