Japanese tug operator Tokyo Kisen and shipping research consortium e5 Lab have jointly developed a tugboat powered by hydrogen.
The electric propulsion tug is fully electrified and designed to minimise environmental footprint.
It utilises a large-capacity battery system as a main power source and a hydrogen fuel cell and generator as the auxiliary power source.
In a statement, the companies said, “We will proceed with the project by seeking advice from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, ClassNK, and others for the regulatory compliance.”
“After the final investment decision, we aim to launch the tug for commercial operations at Yokohama Port and Kawasaki Port in 2022.”