Belgium-based shipping group CMB and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi and its ship operating subsidiary Kambara Kisen Co have joined forces to develop hydrogen-fuelled vessels
The joint venture will introduce hydrogen-powered vessels in Japan, producing Asia’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat HydroPhoenix and HydroBingo, the next-generation 80-passenger ferry which also uses hydrogen as a marine fuel for propulsion.
CMB’s subsidiary CMB.Tech has built up extensive knowledge and developed maritime applications with dual-fuel and monofuel hydrogen engines. CMB and Tsuneishi developed the H2ICE hydrogen internal combustion engine for maritime markets.
They will jointly invest additional capital in the Bingo Research Institute and change the name to JPN H2ydro Co to import, market and engineer H2ICE solutions in Japan.
Initially, both companies will build HydroPhoenix as a landmark development for the further construction of hydrogen-fuelled vessels.
CMB and Tsuneishi will then focus on developing hydrogen-powered equipment for the land-based port industry and ships of different categories, such as support vessels for offshore windfarms and passenger shipping.
These will be based on CMB’s hydrogen-powered engines. The first of these was BeHydro’s dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel engine with 1 MW of power developed in a joint venture with engine manufacturer Anglo-Belgian Corp. CMB and Tsuneishi will be the sole agent for BeHydro engines into Japan.
“With this new joint venture, CMB re-affirms its commitment to the Japanese market and its support for Japan’s vision of a hydrogen society,” said CMB chief executive Alexander Saverys.
“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,” he said.
Tsuneishi Craft & Facilities president Jun Kambara outlined the group’s ambitions in contributing to Japanese shipbuilding and reducing shipping’s carbon footprint.
“We are proud to be making an effort to get closer to a carbon-neutral world as soon as possible,” he said. “We will continue to develop for the realisation of the coming hydrogen society.”
Tsuneishi Group is run by the Kambara family and its facilities subsidiary builds passenger ships with hulls made from aluminium alloys.
Kambara Kisen runs shipping and logistics within the Tsuneishi Group. It owns 42 vessels for its container liner services between Japan and China and its global chartering business.
Attending the contract signing ceremony were:
CMB’s Yu Aonuma, Tsuneishi’s Jun Kambara, CMB’s Alexander Saverys CMB, Belgium ambassador Roxane de Bilderling and Kambara Kisen’s Hirotatsu Kambara and Mitsuo Kambara.
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