The Port of Rotterdam is working on shore power

15-02-2022 - Rotterdam

By 2050, the port of Rotterdam aims to be emission-free. It will take some time, but in the short term there are already significant gains to be made from shore power. By ‘plugging in’ moored ships, they do not need to run diesel generators. That saves a lot of nitrogen, particulates, CO2 and noise. That is why the Port of Rotterdam Authority is working on shore power.

On the city quays in Rotterdam you can already find plenty of shore power for inland vessels. Nevertheless, shore power programme manager Floor Schipper is looking forward to a first: early this year, a new 20-megawatt green shore power installation will be commissioned on Landtong Rozenburg. This is intended for the enormous offshore ships of Heerema Marine Contractors and is the result of a collaboration between Heerema, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam and Eneco. A milestone for good reason, says Schipper: “It is great to see that it can be done with such large ships. It provides inspiration for others. You have to adopt the attitude of: why aren’t you plugged in yet?”

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