DFDS has officially commissioned the shore power facility for the ships that dock at the berth of the JinLing roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) vessels in Vlaardingen for their scheduled service to and from Immingham. From now on, suitable moored vessels will switch off their diesel-powered generators and use green shore power.

DFDS intends to provide shore power to the terminal’s other two berths in the future as well.

The shore power plant has a capacity of 1.8 MW (the energy equivalent of nearly 1500 households) and is expected to provide 3.5 GWh of electricity per year. The estimated CO2 reduction is around 2100 to 2300 tonnes annually. In addition, shore power contributes to local air quality by reducing particulate matter and nitrogen emissions and benefits the living environment by reducing noise.

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Rotterdam Shore Power

DFDS procures the green shore power from Rotterdam Shore Power (a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Eneco), which also owns the shore power installation. The green electricity supplied by Eneco comes from Eneco Hollandse Wind & Zon (Dutch wind and sun) sources. Construction of the shore power installation has been provided by Actemium and was made financially possible by subsidies from the central government and the province of South Holland.

Shore power is a crucial pillar of the sustainability strategy for the Rotterdam port cluster. At least ninety per cent of offshore vessels, cruise ships, ferries, roll-on-roll-off vessels and container ships in Rotterdam are to use shore power by 2030. This will save emissions of about 200,000 tonnes of CO2 and 2500 tonnes of nitrogen. This represents a big step towards an increasingly clean and future-proof port.

Picture by Port of Rotterdam Authority.

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