To fulfil the contract, the group acquired a Multi Cat 1506 and a Multi Cat 1908 from the Damen Shipyards Group. According to a statement from Damen, the machines are ideal for this job as they can potentially be adapted for other uses in the future and are configured modularly for easy adjustments going forward.
Damen has also installed two extra generator sets on the vessels so they can perform their function efficiently.
Utilising Damen’s in-house developed selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, combined with a particle filter, the NOx emissions from the vessels have been significantly reduced, making them much more environmentally sustainable.
“This is the first time we have worked with Brabo Group and the cooperation has proven to be a good one. It’s not been without challenges, given that the order arrived on the same day as the first coronavirus lockdown began,” said Benelux Luc Joos, Damen Sales Manager.
“However, we have managed to keep working safely during that time and to prepare the vessels to the client’s requirements. I wish Brabo success with its new Multi Cats and look forward to working together again in the future.”
The Port of Antwerp has previously shown its dedication to becoming more environmentally sustainable through joining forces with the transport stakeholders on a project aiming to have 300 hydrogen-powered trucks in Belgium by 2025.
Announced in May 2021, the HyTrucks consortium – comprising of the port, industrial gases company Air Liquide, and fueling infrastructure firm DATS 24 – will deploy the trucks around the Port of Antwerp and major logistics hubs in Belgium.