CMB.Tech, the Saverys family’s clean shipping operation, is teaming up with Stockholm’s maritime hub to drive hydrogen bunkering in Sweden.

The company said the unique collaboration at Stockholm Norvik Port will involve an investment in terminal operations and services to shipping and haulage companies.

The goal is to build a hydrogen fuelling station next to the port.

In the initial phase, port vehicles will be converted to run on green hydrogen. The first hydrogen-fuelled terminal truck is planned to be in operation there in 2023.

“Hydrogen will play a crucial role in converting to fossil fuel-free transport, both on land and at sea,” Stockholm mayor Anna Konig Jerlmyr said.

“We are therefore extremely pleased to announce this partnership with CMB.Tech and this drive for hydrogen. This is entirely aligned with the ambitious environmental goals of Ports of Stockholm for operations to be fossil fuel-free by 2030.”

CMB.Tech operates a fleet of low and zero-carbon ferries and crew transfer vessels, and is targeting newbuildings in the dry bulk, chemical tanker and container ship sectors.

It is focusing on hydrogen and ammonia as fuels, which it offers to its customers through its own production or by sourcing it from third parties.

CMB.Tech chief executive Alexander Saverys said: “Being able to enter into this partnership with Ports of Stockholm at the new freight port, Stockholm Norvik, is a pleasure.

“This is the first port in Sweden we have worked with, and we hope to be able to contribute with our knowledge and experience in converting from diesel to hydrogen. This provides entirely new possibilities to further develop Stockholm Norvik Port as the climate-smart port it already is.”

The Saverys family is opposing a planned merger between tanker owners Frontline and Euronav, in which it is the biggest shareholder. It wants to merge Euronav with CMB.Tech instead.