Rotterdam backs shore power projects with fresh funding

The municipality of Rotterdam has decided to offer companies that are considering making the switch to shore-based power the opportunity to have a feasibility study carried out, of which 80% will be funded by the municipality.

Danny Cornelissen; Port of Rotterdam

Vessels that have a shore-based power connection can switch to electricity from the shore when they are moored at the quay. This means vessels no longer need to keep the diesel generators running as a means of providing electricity. Therefore, this could reduce nitrogen and CO2 emissions, minimize noise pollution, and create better air quality. The municipality will be offering up to €20,000 ($21,200) for the projects.

A company selected by the municipality will carry out the feasibility study. The study includes:

  • assessment of the electricity demand of mooring vessels;
  • basic technical design of a shore-based power installation;
  • assessment of the electrical connection and possible interconnection with own generation;
  • identification of potential connection opportunities for charging infrastructure for vehicles or mobile equipment;
  • business case including any inevitable losses;
  • emissions reduction as a result of the construction and use of a shore-based power installation;
  • overview of subsidy opportunities.

In May this year, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management announced its plans to allocate a sum of €140 million towards supporting the implementation of shore power installations within seaports. Additionally, an extra €40 million will be contributed from the climate fund, the ministry said.

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