The Port of Rotterdam and the Municipality of Rotterdam have announced a joint programme to provide shore power for a ‘significant share’ of sea-going vessels calling at the port by 2030. This will enable ships to shut down their generators, plug in to shore power, save fuel, cut emissions, and help to raise air quality in the port and its surroundings.
Over the next five years, the partners plan to adopt a range of initiatives to hasten the development of shore power. As a result of these projects, the 2030 targets could be adapted.
Commercial ships calling in Rotterdam are estimated to use as much electricity as up to 300,000 households, generating about 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 8,000 tonnes of nitrogen, the partners said. By 2030, shore power could yield carbon savings of about 200,000 tonnes.
Rotterdam port’s CEO, Allard Castelein, explained: “Our vision combines ambition and pragmatism. We will be setting up eight to ten shore-based power projects for a variety of sea-going vessel types. We will be doing this in partnership with companies in the port area and with the shipping companies that use our port. We will continually monitor the results of these projects to learn whether we can speed up the process or need to take a bit more time.”
The programme is likely to cost EUR 125 million, of which an estimated EUR 50 million will be required from public coffers.