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First hydrogen-powered crew ship ready for use

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After successful completion of trials and bunkering, Windcat Workboats and CMB.TECH have announced that the first hydrogen-powered CTV is immediately operational.

This groundbreaking innovation for the marine and offshore wind industries is the first CTV that employs renewable fuels to minimize its traditional fuel consumption and associated emissions by up to 80 percent. The Hydrocat 48 is a further green evolution, incorporating clean fuel technology into the design of the Windcat MK 3.5, which was already extremely fuel efficient and high performing.

Dual fuel technology has been incorporated into the MK3.5 series without sacrificing performance or the vessel’s traditional dependability. It is the first ship to provide a viable alternative to diesel fuel.

In 2017, CMB.TECH was the first company to construct a hydrogen-powered passenger shuttle. Based on this established technology, the Hydrocat 48 is now being designed and constructed.

MAN Engines manufactures the base MAN engine for dual fuel use, and CMB.TECH retrofits it with a hydrogen injection system.

“This vessel offers the industry a cost-effective solution to significantly reduce emissions from service vessels, which can be applied to any wind farm today. This solution can be seen as a steppingstone to fully hydrogen powered CTVs. By starting with dual fuel combustion engines, we can make hydrogen technology operational in the industry and kick-start further development of the technology, regulation, supply chain, etc.” Willem Van Der Wel – Managing Director of Windcat Workboats.

“The suitability of this technology for a CTV is mainly because existing diesel engines can be used. No fundamental changes to the main engine are required, which not only means that maintenance and repair remain simple, but also that the engine can easily be switched back to diesel fuel without any modifications. Even if hydrogen is not available, the vessel can continue to run on traditional fuel, making it a very robust and reliable solution for the offshore wind industry.” Roy Campe – CTO of CMB.TECH.

After successful completion of trials and bunkering, Windcat Workboats and CMB.TECH have announced that the first hydrogen-powered CTV is immediately operational.

This groundbreaking innovation for the marine and offshore wind industries is the first CTV that employs renewable fuels to minimize its traditional fuel consumption and associated emissions by up to 80 percent. The Hydrocat 48 is a further green evolution, incorporating clean fuel technology into the design of the Windcat MK 3.5, which was already extremely fuel efficient and high performing.

Dual fuel technology has been incorporated into the MK3.5 series without sacrificing performance or the vessel’s traditional dependability. It is the first ship to provide a viable alternative to diesel fuel.

In 2017, CMB.TECH was the first company to construct a hydrogen-powered passenger shuttle. Based on this established technology, the Hydrocat 48 is now being designed and constructed.

MAN Engines manufactures the base MAN engine for dual fuel use, and CMB.TECH retrofits it with a hydrogen injection system.

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