The new shore power installation for Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam’s largest dock was officially put into operation on 25 March. During a working visit of Minister Adriaansens of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, she connected the installation for the very first time.

‘We are honoured to take this important step in our transition to a sustainable future in the presence of the Minister,’ explains Tjeerd Schulting, managing director of Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. ‘With the installation, we are focusing even more on sustainability and that fits well with our customers’ expectations. We are also making great strides in this, including making ships more sustainable.’

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Quieter and greener

Since last year, a lot of work has been done to be able to deploy the mobile installation for seagoing vessels that stay in Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam’s largest dry dock for repair, maintenance or conversion. As a result, ships no longer have to use their own diesel generators to generate power, but instead this comes from the quieter and “greener” shore power installation.

The installation consists of a newly laid electricity grid and a mobile container containing a frequency converter. This provides connection options of 690, 440 or 400 volts and a frequency of 50 or 60 Hz. The mobile container allows the connection to be installed at any location around the dock, and depending on the ship’s needs.

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Working visit

The opening of the shore power installation was part of the working visit of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and Maritime Manufacturing Industry Sector Agenda Envoy Kees van der Staaij. They were given a tour of the shipyard and were updated on, among other things, the importance of the shipyard for Amsterdam as a port city.

Picture: The official opening ceremony by (from left to right) Tjeerd Schulting, Annelies Damen, Minister Adriaansens and Arnout Damen (photo by Flying Fishbone).

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