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Port of Rotterdam to launch pilot project for mobile shore-based power in late 2022 at Beatrix terminal

23 Feb 2022

The Port of Rotterdam on Tuesday (22 February) said a pilot project with a mobile facility for shore-based power on hydrogen for Dutch shipping company Cargow’s MPP (Multi purpose) vessels arriving twice a week is set to begin in late 2022.

The tendering process starts in February, and will be located on the site of C. Steinweg – Handelsveem B.V. (Steinweg) Beatrix terminal in Eemhaven area near Rotterdam, it added. 

The pilot is meant to intensify the use of shore-based power in the port and is part of a partnership between the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. 

The collaboration began in December 2019, when a pilot was launched at Parkkade for supplying small sea-going vessels with electricity from the quay, or ‘shore-based power’ as it is called. Thanks to this method, the crew will no longer need to run the on-board diesel generators, resulting in reduced air pollution and noise.

‘During the pilot, several marketable concepts were put through real-world tests over a five-month period. Power consumption data was collected, and emissions and sound levels were measured. The pilot showed it is technically feasible to supply sea-going vessels with shore-based power using mobile concepts,’ reported the Port of Rotterdam.

‘In most original terminal designs, the integration of any existing or future shore-based power has not been taken into account

‘To identify and remove obstacles, the shore-based power project team of the municipality and PoR wants to set up a pilot at Steinweg as a follow-up to the Parkkade pilot. An autonomous, mobile installation with non-fossil fuel (hydrogen) will be tested within the framework of the energy transition.’

As part of the project, Steinweg will free the space required at the terminal for the pilot to proceed smoothly. It will also apply for a permit and ensure a safe working area by fencing it off.

Cargow will convert two of its vessels to run on shore-based power in operational conditions. Steinweg and Cargow will be partially compensated for the project by the municipality and the Port Authority.

For over a decade, inland shipping has been using shore-based power in Rotterdam on a large scale. According to the port authority, shore-based power for sea-going shipping is complex, as electricity consumption is high and these vessels call at many different ports. 

As part of the shore-based power programme, the Port of Rotterdam said it will be collaborating with other ports to bring about connection standards for smaller sea-going vessels.

In the Port of Rotterdam, the Stena Line terminal in Hoek van Holland has shore-based power. This year Heerema will also put into operation a shore-based power installation for its offshore vessels at Landtong Rozenburg.

Calculations by DNV GL and the Port Authority indicate that the total energy demand of sea-going vessels in the port amounts to around 750-850GWh. 

This is equivalent to the energy consumption of some 200,000 households. This means there is much to be gained in terms of air quality, liveability and the climate. Using a joint strategy, the Port of Rotterdam said it is preparing itself for the transition to cleaner shipping.


Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam
Published: 23 February, 2022

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