CMB.TECH-led JV Reveals Plans for Africa’s First Hydrogen-Powered Vessel

By May 3, 2024 2   min read  (383 words)

May 3, 2024 |


A delegation has flown in from Belgium to Namibia this week to unveil plans for Africa’s first hydrogen-powered ship.

Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, a joint venture between CMB.TECH and the Ohlthaver & List Group, has hosted a showcase of the Cleanergy Green Hydrogen progress at the plant’s site in Walvis Bay, expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2024. The facility uses only solar energy for the on-site production of green hydrogen and will be used for hydrogen-powered trucks, port equipment, railway applications, and small ships.

A highlight of the site visit was the ceremonial first filling of a dual-fuel truck at the hydrogen refuelling station and the announcement of plans for the development of Namibia’s first vessel powered by dual-fuel hydrogen engines.

Cleanergy, together with CMB.TECH, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and Namport, will build on the successful collaboration between CMB.TECH and Port of Antwerp-Bruges that resulted in the launch of the Hydrotug and the world’s first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station in the port of Antwerp.

The joint venture now look to develop a multifunctional port utility vessel (MPHUV) powered by dual-fuel hydrogen engines. The MPHUV’s design will enable the integration of different equipment needed for a range of port operations, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions during operations.

The involvement of the Port of Walvis Bay and Namport will provide insights into the vessel’s specifications during development and refine the concept based on operational experience and feedback from users once it is commissioned.

“Harnessing the sun’s infinite energy, we are laying down the roots for a greener future, turning our bold vision into an inspiring reality,” said Sven Thieme, executive chairman of Ohlthaver & List.

“The port of Walvis Bay will also be in a unique position in Africa – our project will enable them to offer low-carbon logistics supply chains to their customers. This will pave the way for attracting additional logistics flows and investors,” added Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB.TECH.

The Cleanergy Green Hydrogen site will also include an on-site Hydrogen Academy. The Cleanergy Solutions team, suppliers, customers as well as Namibian and European universities and institutes will jointly upskill Namibians on hydrogen and its diverse economic potential.


SOURCE: Splash


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