CMB.TECH And Damen Collaborate For Four Hydrogen-Powered Tugs


CMB.TECH and Damen announced their collaboration on hydrogen-powered ASD Tugs. Built by Damen, these vessels use CMB.TECH’s innovative dual-fuel hydrogen technology will significantly reduce emissions.

Four ASD Tugs 

The collaboration for the first four vessels was signed on 23 May at Albwardy Damen in Sharjah. The signing took place during the 27th International Tug & Salvage (ITS) Convention in Dubai.

Earlier, the classification society Lloyd’s Register presented CMB.TECH and Damen with an approval in principle (AiP) for the hydrogen solution that will be installed in the tugs. “We are delighted once again to be working with CMB.TECH. Our two family-owned companies share the same long-term view and commitment to the maritime energy transition. We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration and developing the next steps to make our ports – and our world – a greener place…” said Vincent Maes – Damen Area Sales Manager Benelux.

Decarbonizing The Industry

Damen and CMB.TECH has previously cooperated on the development of a series of Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOV) – which are powered by dual-fuel hydrogen generator sets – the so-called Elevation Series, that Damen is building for CMB.TECH’s subsidiary Windcat.

The dual fuel hydrogen ASD Tugs 2812 FF-H2, with 80-tonne bollard pull, that meet the most stringent IMO Tier III and EU Stage V standards, are a new step in the parties’ cooperation. The vessels will feature four highspeed dual fuel hydrogen engines, designed to minimize NOx and CO2 emissions. They will also have modular storage systems for compressed hydrogen, ensuring safe storage below deck. Each tug can carry up to 16 hydrogen bottles, storing a total of 736kg of pressurized hydrogen at 350 bar.

While these tugs will primarily run on hydrogen, they’re equipped to switch to traditional fuel if hydrogen isn’t available and can operate on 100% traditional fuel if needed. The tugs feature a total of 160m3 fuel holds.

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Source: CMB