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With expertise from Flanders: Asia’s first hydrogen ship

The HydroPhoenix. That’s the name of a soon-to-be rising star on the hydrogen horizon. Two companies – Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi and shipping operator CMB from Flanders – will build this new hydrogen-powered tugboat together. To this end, the two firms have formed a business alliance. Co-developed with expertise from Flanders, HydroPhoenix will be Asia’s first hydrogen ship.The HydroPhoenix. That’s the name of a soon-to-be rising star on the hydrogen horizon. Two companies – Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi and shipping operator CMB from Flanders – will build this new hydrogen-powered tugboat together. To this end, the two firms have formed a business alliance. Co-developed with expertise from Flanders, HydroPhoenix will be Asia’s first hydrogen ship.

Hydrogeniuses at work

CMB and Tsuneishi are no strangers to one another. Previously, the two companies worked together to develop HydroBingo. This next-generation 80-passenger ferry uses hydrogen as fuel for marine propulsion and has been powering across Japan’s inland seas since the beginning of 2021.

Now, through their new business alliance, CMB and TSUNEISHI aim to develop hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) technology for the Japanese industrial and marine market. Over the years, CMB has built extensive knowhow in this field, successfully launching various practical applications using dual fuel and monofuel hydrogen engines. This includes the world’s first dual fuel hydrogen diesel engine by BeHydro, a joint venture with Flanders-based engine builder ABC Engines.

Big in Japan and Flanders

To accelerate the adoption of the revolutionary H2ICE technology, CMB and Tsuneishi will be investing additional funds in the Bingo Research Institute, which played an integral part in the development of the HydroBingo ferry. Furthermore, their joint venture will change its name to JPN H2YDRO, manage the import, marketing and engineering services of H2ICE solutions in Japan and even build a H2ICE Application Center in the land of the rising sun.

With this new joint venture, CMB reaffirms its commitment to the Japanese market and its support for Japan’s vision of a hydrogen society. We look forward to developing this new line of business with Tsuneishi. This will allow us to accelerate our business plan on our journey to a zero-carbon world.

Alexander Saverys
CEO of CMB

Working with CMB, we are proud to make an effort to get closer to a carbon-neutral world and we will continue to develop ways to contribute to a hydrogen-powered society.

Jun Kambar
President of Tsuneishi Craft & Facilities

All in the same green boat

In addition to the HydroPhoenix tugboat and a hydrogen internal combustion engine, the joint venture will also develop hydrogen-powered equipment for the land-based port industry and various kinds of ships. These include support ships for offshore wind farms, further showcasing the companies’ commitment to the green energy transition.

Green energy is crucial in the fight against climate change and to ensure sustainable development. This collaboration is an excellent example of how Belgium and Japan can cooperate for a better future in this field. I look forward to many more cooperations such as this one.

Roxane de Bilderling
Ambassador of Belgium in Japan

More info

CMB
Reported by
website CMB, website Nikkei
8 June 2021

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