Shore power in the Port of Rotterdam

28 September 2021

Sea-going vessels that arrive in Rotterdam need power at the quay for the power supply on board. Currently, diesel generators are usually used for this. Every year, sea-going vessels moored along Rotterdam’s quays consume as much electric power as 250,000 to 300,000 households. And in the process, they release various harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The huge consumption of sea-going vessels makes the connection to a power grid more complex than for inland shipping. StenaLine in Hoek van Holland and Heerema’s berth in the Calandkanaal are equipped with shore power. The power for Heerema is generated by wind turbines on the Rozenburg Peninsula.

To increase the possibilities for shore-based power, the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are working together on a series of projects that are intended to accelerate and scale up the adoption of shore-based power. By 2030, this could result in carbon savings of approximately 200,000 tonnes per year. Depending on the experiences gained in these projects, the Municipality and the Port Authority may adapt their targets in this area in 2025.

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