World’s first hydrogen dual fuel straddle carrier rolls out in Antwerp


A joint venture between MSC PSA Europe Terminal (MPET) and PSA Antwerp (PSAA), Antwerp Terminal Services (ATS), has launched the world’s first hydrogen dual fuel straddle carrier in the Port of Antwerp.

The straddle carrier aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Port of Antwerp, running on a mixture of hydrogen and diesel using cutting-edge hydrogen dual fuel combustion engine technology.

CMB.TECH, an Antwerp-based cleantech company specialised in developing hydrogen and ammonia-powered applications, was responsible for integrating the technology and related expertise to design and build this first prototype.

The dual fuel technology can replace 70 per cent of diesel consumption with hydrogen on new straddle carriers, with the eventual goal of 100 per cent hydrogen injection, according to ATS.

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The partners will now start testing the dual fuel straddle carrier’s performance in live operations at PSAA’s Noordzee Terminal, following a 24-month design and development phase.

They will evaluate how to improve the design of the equipment, as well as other factors that are necessary to scale it up, including the supply and storage of hydrogen for an entire fleet, ATS reported.

This next stage is supported by PIONEERS, a project funded by the EU and coordinated by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

The project is part of the Horizon 2020 programme which supports and promotes the development of specific solutions to reduce carbon emissions in the port sector, with the aim of transforming ports into green infrastructures by 2050.

“Straddle carriers are crucial in maintaining highly productive operations at our terminals, but at the same time they are responsible for approximately 90 per cent of our direct emissions in Belgium,” said Francis De Ruytter, Regional Head of Sustainability for PSA Europe, Mediterranean and the Americas.

This announcement comes in the same month that the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and logistics provider, Routescanner, partnered to offer Routescanner’s Direct Connections to shippers and freight forwarders around the world.

More recently, DP World Antwerp Gateway introduced a fingerprint scanning technology to help improve security for container collection, known as the Certified Pick up (CPu) software.

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