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Dutch to deploy domestic electric barge vessels

10 Jan 2018

The Government of Netherlands has dedicated a sum of 7 million euros ($8.36 million) to partly finance Port Liner, a project featuring Dutch suppliers only, to deploy domestic electric barge vessels to service the local market.

“Port Liner intends to launch the Netherlands’ first climate-neutral and zero-emission vessel in August 2018,” it says.

“Energy is generated in a sustainable manner and stored in ready-to-use container batteries to be placed on board. Being electrically powered, the vessels can carry 8% more volume compared to regular diesel vessels.”

A total of five small (24 TEU capacity) and six large (270 TEU capacity) electric barges will be built for the project, Ton van Meegen, director of Port-Liner, told Dutch media De Tijd in early January.

According to him, the vessels will use lithium-ion batteries stored within a 20-foot shipping container for power.

The smaller barges will each be fitted with a power container for 15 hours of sailing, while the large barges will each need four power containers for 35 hours of sailing time.

The six large barges will cost a total investment of 55 million euros, including charging infrastructure and 48 battery containers.

All vessels have already been leased by various Dutch shipping firms.

Photo credit: Omega Architects
Publication date: 10 January, 2018

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