European shipping giant Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has launched the first hydrogen (H2)-powered passenger vessel, Hydroville.

Having successfully completed her sea trials and received the Certificae of Class from Lloyd’s Register earlier in November, Hydroville is the first passenger shuttle that uses H2 to power a diesel engine.

CMB said the shuttle will mainly be used as a platform to test H2 technology for commercial seagoing vessels.

In the first phase, the Hydroville will transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during rush hour to avoid traffic jams. It will also function as a demonstration platform for H2 and will travel to events in Europe.

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Source: Compagnie Maritime Belge