Mabanaft, an independent and integrated energy company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with tugboat operator Fairplay Towage Group.

The deal is about to supply hydrogen to their new tugs in the Port of Hamburg from 2025.

In the coming years, Fairplay Towage intends to add tugboats to its fleet in the port of Hamburg capable of running on hydrogen.

In order to enable the use of hydrogen-powered tugs, not only hydrogen but also the corresponding infrastructure for bunkering must be provided.

The Mabanaft Group, a supplier of marine fuels and operator of tank terminals in the Port of Hamburg, aims to supplement its range of marine fuels with hydrogen and to use its tank terminals in Hamburg for this purpose, in order to be able to supply Fairplay Towage with hydrogen.

Earlier in November 2022, Mabanaft announced its intention to build an ammonia import terminal in the Port of Hamburg, the first step in the development of New Energy Gate.

Volker Ebeling, senior vice president new energy, supply, infrastructure at Mabanaft pointed out that “This agreement with Fairplay Towage is an important step on the road to achieving carbon neutral shipping in the port of Hamburg and we are proud to be working together to decarbonise the industry.”

The MoU between the two partners marks the start of a long-term strategic cooperation. Under the agreement, Mabanaft plans to supply Fairplay Towage’s hydrogen needs in the port of Hamburg.