The Port of Rotterdam Authority has increased its share in Rotterdam Shore Power B.V. (RSP), a joint venture of Eneco and the Port Authority, from 20 to 50 per cent.
RSP develops, invests, and operates shore power installations for the terminals in the port so that ships can switch off their diesel generators during mooring in order to reduce emissions released, according to the Port of Rotterdam.
A new substation was built for this project to provide 20 megawatt hours of electricity from wind.
Projects have also been started at construction and logistics companies, Boskalis and DFDS Ferries.
RSP aims to further expand its offer in the port in the near future so that by 2028 all deep-sea container terminals are equipped with shore power, the port reported.
This is expected to reduce emissions by 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 2,500 tonnes of nitrogen per year.
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“Shore power is an important tool to further improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, it reduces nitrogen emissions by 70 per cent per docked ship,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“That is why, as a port, we are taking a more active role in soon offering shore power for all large container ships in the port,” Castelein added.
The Port of Rotterdam has made a number of efforts towards a sustainable and environmental future this past year.
In January, the port joined forces with STC International to organise the port energy transition management programme.
More recently, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), and the Australian government teamed up to develop a joint hydrogen hub in Western Australia.