Port of Rotterdam Authority on Monday (17 February) said it has joined forces with E.ON and DeltaPort Niederrheinhäfen to create an infrastructure for climate-neutral transport routes
Freight and passenger ships with climate-neutral propulsion that can exchange battery containers or refuel hydrogen in the ports will be employed along these routes.
The infrastructure helps in the transition from mainly diesel to climate neutral propulsion, says the port which aims to enable climate-neutral goods transport between Rotterdam and the European hinterland by 2050.
The pilot concept will initially focus on the German inland DeltaPort location in Voerde and Wesel, which will be developed into a sustainable port network.
“The conditions in Wesel are ideal: aluminium producer Trimet generates residual heat from which E.ON can produce new energy,” said Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“The infrastructure will be designed in such a way that not only ships, but also trains and trucks can refuel hydrogen or recharge their batteries in the port.”
“Barge shipping between NRW and Rotterdam plays an important role. Both regions want to make transport more sustainable,” says Emile Hoogsteden, Director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics at Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“Our cooperation is crucial in order to achieve concrete results in the coming years.”
Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Published: 19 February, 2020.
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