Antwerp-based maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) have joined forces to build a hydrogen-powered ferry. After receiving the necessary regulatory approval, the ship will be built at TFC’s facilities in Onomichi, Japan and is expected to be delivered in 2021.
By combining TFC state-of-the-art shipbuilding capabilities and CMB Technologies’ extensive knowhow in marine hydrogen systems, both parties hope to develop a revolutionary ship that will be a milestone in the journey towards zero emission shipping.
This new development also supports Japan’s vision to become a leading hydrogen society by 2050.
TFC is engaged in the building and repair of aluminum alloy vessels, general construction, and lifeboat maintenance and inspection. CMB has accelerated its investments in hydrogen technologies as it recently acquired RTL which specializes in the engineering, development, prototyping, design and testing of automotive and marine engines.