The Antwerp Port Authority and Alfaport-VOKA, the representative of the private port community, has signed an agreement to promote the use of onshore power at Antwerp port.
The duo will work with technical partners Techelec, Schneider Electric, ABB, Actemium and Siemens to enable onshore power for seagoing vessels in the port area.
“Barges have been able to make use of onshore power in the Antwerp port area for some time now,” said Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren.
“And our own fleet of service vessels has been using onshore power since the beginning of this year.
“But currently there are still not enough facilities for seagoing ships. This is a pity, as onshore power can make a significant contribution to the sustainability transition planned for our port platform.
“We therefore see the development of onshore power as a strategic priority for the next few years.”
Onshore power will enable ships moored in the port to shut down their engines and instead to draw power from the electricity grid but this is simply not a ‘plug and play’ affair, says Stephan Vanfraechem, managing director of Alfaport-VOKA.
“As a platform from and for the private port sector, we want to bring terminal operators, ship owners and ship’s agents together to find out how we can achieve an effective use of onshore power,” he notes.
“Ships are increasingly being built with onshore power facilities, but their use in the ports is still very limited.
“At the various links in the chain there are still operational, technical and economic questions. We want to discuss and solve this via this project and thus enable a successful roll out.”
Photo credit: Antwerp Port Authority
Published: 27 March, 2018
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