Air Quality Improves in Rotterdam Port

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November 3, 2019

Heerema's crane vessels to switch from diesel generators to wind energy. Pic: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Heerema's crane vessels to switch from diesel generators to wind energy. Pic: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Heerema Marine Contractors will provide its crane vessels at Port of Rotterdam with clean energy. Heerema's crane vessels are often moored in the Calandkanaal in Rotterdam.

By switching off the diesel generators, total emissions will be reduced by the equivalent of the annual emissions of approximately 5,000 diesel cars.

Eneco will supply power from the wind farm on Landtong Rozenburg.  The use of clean energy reduces noise and air pollution, significantly reduces CO2 emissions and improves the quality of life in Rozenburg and Maassluis.

To supply the power, an "e-house" of 16 by 9 meters will be built on Landtong Rozenburg together with several transformers.

Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have set themselves the goal of providing vessels, in addition to those of Heerema, with shore power at other locations in the vicinity. To get the project off the ground, the Municipality of Rotterdam has reserved a subsidy of €2 million in its 2020 budget, provided that the e-house on Landtong Rozenburg is properly integrated into its surroundings in consultation with local residents.

It is not very common internationally that these types of large vessels are connected to shore power. What makes the project truly unique is the direct supply of wind turbine power to these nearby seagoing vessels.

Eneco (80%) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority (20%) are now establishing the "Rotterdam Shore Power B.V." with Heerema as their first customer. In addition to supplying Heerema, this new company wants to supply shore-based power to several companies in the area. Discussions on this are ongoing. Other nearby terminals can be supplied with shore power from the e-house on Landtong Rozenburg.

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