The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Eneco are going to install shore-based power facilities  in the Waalhaven. The shore power provision will allow Boskalis’ working vessels moored there to run on green power instead of on fossil fuels.

The shore-based power installation is being built on the Boskalis site in the Waalhaven Rotterdam. Two of the berths on the quay at this location are highly frequented. Ships come to the service centre in the Waalhaven for maintenance and to prepare for offshore projects.

The intended completion date of the shore power installation is 1 June 2023 and it will supply 2 GWh of green electricity per year. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 1.6 kilotonnes per year. With this project, Boskalis is demonstrating “green leadership”, which is good for the port, for the climate and for local residents.

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Third shore power facility for sea-going vessels in Rotterdam

Shore power is an important part of the energy transition and this project fits in with the joint shore power strategy of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the municipality of Rotterdam, and with Eneco’s One Planet strategy, which aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.

At present, moored ships often run on generators to provide the necessary energy on board. This generates emissions of particulates, nitrogen and CO2. Shore power offers the opportunity to reduce these emissions by up to ninety per cent by providing ships with a clean source of energy and switching off generators also helps to reduce noise.

After the quayside electricity installation on the Rozenburg peninsula for Heerema’s offshore vessels and the Stena Line Hoek van Holland ferry terminal, the Boskalis location in the Waalhaven will be the third quayside electricity installation for sea-going vessels in the port of Rotterdam.

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Joint Venture Rotterdam Shore Power

Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are implementing this project through the Joint Venture Rotterdam Shore Power. They own the shore power installation and offer shore power “as a service”. Boskalis is realising the grid connection under its own management.

Eneco is supplying the green power to Boskalis, which comes from Dutch Eneco wind & solar sources. The project is co-financed by the municipality of Rotterdam and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

Picture by Port of Rotterdam Authority.

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