Shipyard Gebr. Kooiman BV from Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, recently converted the incident response vessel RPA10 into a hybrid vessel. By combining hybrid technology with exhaust gas after-treatment, this vessel has now achieved the Stage V standard.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is working on making its fleet more sustainable. The Port Authority also wants to make its other ships ready or replace them as soon as possible to meet the strict emission requirements that the City of Rotterdam has set for 2025 in the Port Regulations.
The Port Authority now has three hybrid vessels (RPA10, RPA11 and RPA08) that meet the strictest exhaust gas emission requirements.
With the retrofit of the RPA10 and RPA11, the Port Authority seeks to send out a signal to inland shipping that by applying modern techniques, the strictest emission requirements are feasible for a vessel with existing old engines.
The challenge for the Port Authority to make its fleet more sustainable remains great. It has fifteen vessels in use: Seven incident response vessels, four patrol vessels, two survey vessels, passenger ship Nieuw Maze and a RHIB.
Picture by S.J. de Waard.