The Netherlands invests $150 million for shore power plants


The Ministry of Infrastructure in the Netherlands has announced it will allocate €140 million ($150 million) over the next few years to help realise shore power plants in seaports.

A further €40 million ($43 million) will be added from the climate fund.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands, Mark Harbers, signed a letter of intent with the Branch Organisation for Seaports (BOZ) on 22 May, setting out public-private agreements on the roll-out of shore-based power. 

With the forthcoming Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), European ports will be required to supply so-called AFIR vessels with shore power from 2030.

These include container ships, cruise ships, passenger ships, and combined passenger and cargo ships from 5,000 gross tonnage.

The funds for shore power are mainly intended for terminals where AFIR vessels moor, but other shore power projects for maritime shipping will also become eligible for subsidies.

BOZ previously calculated that some 270 megawatts of shore power capacity will need to be installed in ports for AFIR vessels in the coming years to meet the upcoming obligation, requiring an investment of more than 300 million ($322 million).

The sector organisation assumes this will lead to an annual reduction of over 220 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), and a reduction of 2.5 kilotonnes of nitrogen oxides (NOX).

READ: Port of Rotterdam acquires equal shareholding in Rotterdam Shore Power

According to the Port of Rotterdam, realising shore power facilities will not only bring environmental benefits and reduce noise pollution, but it may also create nitrogen space for climate projects in the port.

The five major seaports of national importance are working with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the terminals on the shore power task in the respective ports.

These are the Ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Groningen, Moerdijk and North Sea Port (Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Ghent).

READ: Port of Rotterdam secures shore power for Vlaardingen terminal

“To meet the climate targets, it is essential that all sectors do their part, including the maritime sector,” Minister Harbers said.

“I am glad that with this subsidy scheme, we can lend a helping hand to the sector and will further encourage the installation of shore power.

“This will not only result in environmental gains, but also to fewer noisy generators on vessels moored at the quay. It will hopefully also free up space for development in the ports as well as new climate projects.”

Earlier in the year, the Swedish government approved Ports of Stockholm’s request to submit a joint application for a grant from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

More recently, the shore power infrastructure at Terminal 5 of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) welcomed the first ship to plug into the infrastructure while at berth.

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