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Fist Dutch shore-based power connection for ocean shipping

The Dutch Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen activated the first shore-based power connection for sea-going vessels in Rotterdam at the Stena Line terminal on Wednesday 13 June 2012.

The company’s ferries now obtain their electricity from the mainland and no longer have to run their engines to generate power. This investment will improve the air quality considerably in the immediate vicinity of the terminal. Stena Line will use the facility for four vessels.

The installation of the shore-based power was supported by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the municipality of Rotterdam and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The Port Authority’s contribution is in line with its aim to become the most sustainable port in the world. Around 300 shore-based power connections for inland shipping are now in use in the city centre. Recently a special connection for river cruise vessels was installed as well. So far, there are no specific plans for more connections for sea-going vessel a/o because of the high investments involved. New quays however and renovated older ones are prepared for shore power in the future.