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29 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 08:50 GMT+1

October 14, 2020

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Rotterdam decides to speed up the electrification of docks of its port

8-10 projects will be carried out with an investment of approximately 125 million euros

The Municipality and the Port Authority of Rotterdam have decided accelerate programmes to allow ships to land at the port of the Dutch city to turn off the on-board diesel generators used to generate electricity installation of equipment on the docks connect them with the terrestrial power grid. The goal is to use this system for a significant share of ships within 2030.

This new strategy is expected to be require a total investment of about 125 million euros, most of which are covered by the companies involved, by the municipality Port Authority, while around 50 million euros will have to be covered by public funding.

The two institutions agreed to start, during the over the next five years, a series of cold ironing projects 2025 to adjust their strategy to provide electricity from ships based on their experience with these Projects. The CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein, has specified that they will be realized eight to ten projects for different types of maritime and these initiatives will be carried out in partnership with companies port area and with shipping companies using the Dutch port. "We will continuously monitor the results of these projects, he said, to see if we can accelerate process or if it will take a little longer to time.'

The Port Authority has announced that every year the ships Moored at the docks in Rotterdam consumes a lot of energy 250-300,000 households and, in the to do so, they release several harmful emissions into the atmosphere including 600,000 tons of CO2 and 8,000 tons of nitrogen. Second authority, the strategy adopted in collaboration with the municipal administration could lead to a saving carbon dioxide emissions of about 200,000 tons per year.

The strategy defined by the Municipality and Port Authority focused on three pillars: the first is focused mainly on the quality of urban areas adjacent to areas and provides for all public docks in the these areas are equipped with electrification systems docks, with the goal that 90% of these cold solutions are used by ships that make a port stopover within 2030. In addition, the opportunity to private docks near the areas of the Built.

The second pillar is to speed up dock electrification process to feed from the ground 90% of ferries, ro-ro ships, offshore units and cruise by 2030. In the case of container carriers, the target 2030 to allow 50% of the largest ships load capacity of more than 10,000 teu, to use the electricity of the land network. The third pillar of the strategy focuses on the development of innovations technology for categories of ships such as tanker units are difficult to serve with ground electrical systems.

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