Shore power from Rotterdam for DFDS terminal in Vlaardingen

By the end of 2023, part of the DFDS ships that dock in Vlaardingen will receive electricity via a shore power installation. Rotterdam Shore Power B.V, a joint venture of Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, will supply this shore power. For now, Jinling roll-on-roll-off vessels for scheduled service to and from Immingham will use the shore power installation. The installation will be constructed by Actemium and has been partially made financially possible by subsidies from the central government and the province of South Holland.

Aerial view of DFDS terminal in Vlaardingen the Netherlands

The use of shore power for the berth for the Jinling roll-on-roll-off vessels is in line with the sustainable ambitions of DFDS aimed at reducing NOx and SOx emissions. The other two berths will be considered for shore power at a later stage.

Reduction of emissions and noise pollution The shore power facility consists of a converted 40-foot container containing electrical equipment that makes electricity from the public power grid suitable for use aboard the vessels. A cable management system will physically bring the electricity from the wharf aboard the ship with a cable and a plug. A remote control will enable the operation of the crane on the quay from the ship, so that the cable can be taken on board and then connected.

The shore power installation has a capacity of 1.8 MW (the energy equivalent of nearly 1,500 households) and is expected to provide 3.5 GWh per year of electricity. The estimated CO2 reduction resulting from the investment is approximately 2,100 tons on an annual basis. In addition, shore power also contributes to air quality by reducing particulate matter and nitrogen emissions and reduces noise pollution.

Making Rotterdam port cluster more sustainable The Rotterdam Port Authority and Eneco want to stimulate the use of shore-based power in the port of Rotterdam and have set up their subsidiary Rotterdam Shore Power to this end. In early 2022, the commissioning of Europe's largest shore power installation was announced: the installation for Heerema Marine Contractors' offshore vessels on Landtong Rozenburg. Rotterdam Shore Power is currently working on the construction of a second installation at Boskalis in the Waalhaven.

Shore power is a crucial pillar of the sustainability strategy for the Rotterdam port cluster. At least 90 percent of the offshore, ferries, cruise and roll-on-roll-off vessels and container ships in Rotterdam must use shore power by 2030. This will save emissions of about 200,000 tons of CO2 and 2,500 tons of nitrogen. This means a big step towards an increasingly clean and future-proof port.

Realization of the shore power installation also fits in with Eneco's One Planet Plan to be climate neutral by 2035. Not only in its own activities, but also in the energy Eneco supplies to its customers.

The shore power project contributes to DFDS' commitment to achieve net-zero CO2-emissions by 2050. One way to achieve this green transition is to invest significantly in sustainable solutions, including the target of 45% CO2 reduction within DFDS' Ferry business.

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