The second Sustainability Award to be presented by the port of Antwerp has gone to Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), for its "Hydroville" shuttle, which is claimed to be the first passenger vessel globally to be powered by hydrogen.
The first edition of the biennial Antwerp award was won by Ecluse in 2016, for its ambitious plan to deliver environment-friendly heat throughout Flanders province
For this year’s competition, together with the points awarded by the jury, members of the general public voting online also determined that the award should go to CMB.
The"Hydroville" shuttle is claimed to be the first passenger vessel to be powered by hydrogen. It is a pilot project that will serve as a testbed for hydrogen technology on a wider scale, thus contributing to more sustainable travel between home and work.
In its citation, the jury commended CMB for pioneering the way with this promising, future-oriented project that will act as a catalyst, lowering the barriers to entry for other players in the market. The jury also emphasised the significance of the project for other countries where hydrogen is seen as the fuel of the future.
A total of 16 companies and organisations active in the Antwerp port area responded to the general invitation to enter the competition that was issued before the summer. The specialist jury headed by port Alderman Marc Van Peel selected a shortlist of three entries with the emphasis on creative, participative and innovative solutions.
Along with CMB, the two shortlisted entrants were Ashland Specialities Belgium and BASF Antwerp. The jury commended Ashland Specialities for the way in which it recycles rainwater, while BASF Antwerp was singled out for its new waste-saving aniline plant with energy recovery.
The awards are sponsored by the Port of Antwerp, Alfaport-Voka and the Scheldt Left Bank Corporation.