The Port of Antwerp-Bruges installs the first onshore power supply (OPS) connection for seagoing vessels in Belgium

17 June 2024

The installation in Antwerp Euroterminal (AET) of onshore power supply (OPS) plays an important role in the greening of ports as it provides docked vessels in the port with electricity in an environmentally friendly way. The facility will be operational in 2026 and will be the first in Belgium for seagoing vessels, built to international ISO standards.

OPS allows moored ships to connect to the local electricity grid via a ‘socket’ on the quay, while reducing emissions of CO2, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particulate matter. Also, it contributes to the improvement of the local air quality and it reduces the environmental noise. With respect to the installation of the green shore power, 2 shore connections are foreseen with a total capacity of 5 megawatt (MW) primarily for Grimaldi’s new roll on/roll-off vessels. For the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, shore power electricity is a key step in the greening of the port. Currently, there are already numerous OPS connection points for barges and tugboats, however OPS for cruise ships will be available in Zeebrugge from 2026. 

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