CMB.TECH and Boeckmans to build four hydrogen-powered 5,000dwt general cargo vessels

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CMB.TECH and Boeckmans are pleased to announce their collaboration that will accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime industry: the development of four future-proof hydrogen-powered 5.000dwt general cargo vessels with significantly reduced greenhouse emissions.

The first vessel is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2025. The vessels will be built at the Dung Quat shipyard in Vietnam and will be deployed on major sea routes, including northern Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and West Africa.

The general cargo vessel, designed jointly with Handelskade, will contain diesel-electric engines placed under the ship’s forward accommodation. This configuration will make the stern available for pioneering propulsion systems, such as hydrogen (but other alternative low-carbon engines can be installed as well). In addition, there will be ample space available for storage of these alternative fuel sources.

“The ship’s primary design philosophy is to achieve lower emissions through hull shaping, innovative design and the application of the latest technologies,” says Pierre Durot, Director of Boeckmans. “We succeeded in reducing emissions by 40% compared to traditional general cargo vessels in diesel mode. This can be reduced even further by implementing new sustainable propulsion systems and create storage space for fuels such as hydrogen. The ship’s diesel-electric configuration simplifies the integration of new systems into the power grid.”

“Through our partnership with Boeckmans, we are once again breaking new ground in maritime sustainability,” said Alexander Saverys, CEO CMB.TECH. “Our commitment to reducing emissions through the design of these cargo ships is a huge step forward. By embracing innovative propulsion systems such as hydrogen, we are not just building ships; we are working toward a greener future for global trade routes.”

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