Belgian shipping giant Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) plans to build a series hydrogen refuelling stations targeting shipping activities at ports throughout northern Europe, according to chief executive Alexander Saverys.

The first station was unveiled at its home port of Antwerp on 3 June.

The facility will be used to refuel a number of hydrogen-fuelled craft including crew transfer vessels (CTVs), tugs and small passenger craft that CMB is planning to operate.

Saverys describes the new refuelling centre as “the first [hydrogen] refuelling station on the planet” and expects that more will follow.