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Amsterdam Port tests shore power for short-sea vessels

Amsterdam Port tests shore power for short-sea vessels

The Dutch Port of Amsterdam, in an effort to become more sustainable, is testing shore power for short-sea vessels.


The first test took place at VCK Logistics' Waterland Terminal, a multimodal site, on 8 and 9 February. Wilson, a Norwegian shipping company, moored its Wilson Goole cargo vessel at the port. Through the SKOON battery, the 3,700 dwt vessel received fuel.

The battery test can be seen as another step towards a shipping industry that is more sustainable. All across Amsterdam, it can supply renewable energy and is then filled with local wind energy from Windpark Ruigoord or with biomass energy from AEB. It is thus able to supply 630 kWh of electricity. This correlates to a minimum of twelve hours of shore control.

The test demonstrates that it is possible, by means of a battery, to provide large ships with energy on a regular basis.

Up to 550 kW of peak power can be provided for longer periods at locations with a limited grid connection. This was recently done in collaboration with the Shared Energy for Energy (SEP).

The Port of Amsterdam added that connecting large vessels with shore power is not easy. This allows for some changes to the vessels.  On a weekly basis, Wilson Eurocarriers sails to Amsterdam and has already made improvements to 80 of its 126 ships.

In the Port of Amsterdam's 2021–2025 plan, clean shipping is a significant spearhead.

The provision of shore power at locations within the 'ring' road is one concrete example of how the port is working towards this. For inland navigation and river cruise ships, this is already possible, the port said.

Maritime Business World 

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