Danish PowerCon A/S has been appointed to realise the shore power installation of Cruiseport Rotterdam. Once realised, Cruiseport Rotterdam will be ahead of European regulations, which state that by 2030 all cruise ships in European ports must use shore power.

The use of shore power reduces CO2, nitrogen and particulate matter emissions. In addition, the sound of cruise ships at the quay decreases significantly.

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15 million euros

Peter Castberg Knudsen, partner of PowerCon, and Mai Elmar, director of Cruiseport Rotterdam and Cruiseport Shore Power (CSP), signed the agreement on 2 June. The signing took place in the presence of Robert Simons, Port alderman of Rotterdam, and Boudewijn Siemons, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. They signed a so-called “starting document”, because the Port Authority and the municipality, in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, have made the financing possible.

CSP is a subsidiary of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, which was set up specifically for the construction and operation of shore power. The Port Authority is responsible for the project management of the construction on behalf of CSP.

The costs of the construction are estimated at approximately 15 million euros. Cruiseport Rotterdam expects that in 2025 more than 75 per cent of cruise ships in Rotterdam will use shore power. This year, 124 cruise ships will arrive at Cruiseport Rotterdam.

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The Danish PowerCon focuses on solutions for the energy transition, especially in the field of wind energy and shore power. It specialises in installing shore power for cruise ports. It is also involved in the construction of shore power in Miami, Barcelona and Hamburg. PowerCon also recently signed a contract with the Port of Amsterdam to install shore power there.

Picture: Start of construction of shore power Rotterdam. Left to right: Alderman Robert Simons, Boudewijn Siemons and Peter Castberg Knudsen (photo by Jerry Lampen).

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