Port of Rotterdam starts shore power trial

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam have started a trial to supply small sea-going vessels with electricity on Parkkade in the centre of Rotterdam. 

The vessels will then not need to run their diesel generators to generate power for use on board, resulting in reduced air pollution and noise. The trial will last around five months. Five different systems will be tested during this period. The size and setup of this trial make it unique in the world.

Allard Castelein, chief executive officer, Port of Rotterdam Authority commented: ‘We’re continuing to go that step further with shore-based power. This has been compulsory for inland shipping for some ten years. Stena Line in Hoek van Holland has it and we’re going to install this for Heerema at Rozenburg. In the coming decades many more vessels will need to use shore power. But the larger the vessel, the more complicated and expensive this is. So it takes time.’

Arno Bonte, alderman for air quality and sustainability, added: “Shore-based power enables us to kill two birds with one stone: cleaner air and less CO2, I’m expecting this trial to give us insight into using shore power in more locations, particularly in urban areas.”

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