Photo: The Aegir, a vessel owned by Heerema. At the moment, the Aegir generates her own electricity when she is stationed in the Port of Rotterdam, but there a plans to connect her to shore power.

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Clean shore power for large offshore vessels

If everything works out, large offshore vessels, while moored in the Port of Rotterdam, will be fully powered by green electricity. Heerema Marine Contracters, energy supplier Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to make this happen in the near future. The use of shore power for moored vessels at this scale is an industry first in the world.

A vessel is not only operational when she is sailing the high seas. Once moored in a port, a ship is not shut down. A moored vessel needs electricity for all kinds of functions. Large generators generate this energy, but with the help of fossil fuels. Running the generators results in noise and emissions. Heerema Marine Contractors wants to avoid that with an ambitious plan to connect their vessels with the shore to get their electricity. And when their vessels have sailed off, working on projects, others ships are welcome too.  

“We plan to build 20 Megawatts worth of electrical infrastructure at the Calandkanaal in the Port of Rotterdam,” says Vincent Doedée. As Sustainability Advisor of Heerema Marine Contractors he is the initiator of the project. “Next to that, it is our intention to give our fleet, when in port, 100 per cent green energy.” Heerema wants to use local wind turbines to generate the electricity.

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