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Belgian and Dutch ports look for bids to build shore-based power system

Belgian and Dutch ports look for bids to build shore-based power system

The Port of Antwerp, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Port of the North Sea, Drechtsteden and De Vlaamse Waterweg are planning to establish a single inland shipping and river cruise power system.

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On behalf of all these Shore-Based Power Parties (Walstroompartijen), the Port of Rotterdam Authority has published a European call for bids, which will ultimately lead to the selection of a contractor for these services.

In line with the strategy of the partners, the tender aims to seek a sustainable development of the different port areas in the Netherlands and Belgium, with the goal of improving the local quality of life and the environment.

Inland shipping, compared to road haulage, has been identified as a more environmentally friendly and efficient way of delivering cargo.

The use of shore power for various types of inland vessels further decreases their carbon footprint while in ports, allowing crews to use their onboard facilities without the use of diesel generators or the main engine of the ship.

In accordance with their respective sustainability policies, the ports have decided to work together to develop shore-based power and make the facility as user-friendly as possible in a joint approach.

Other parties which provide shore-based power can also decide to enter the new agreement in the period ahead.

“This approach primarily focuses on the provision of services in the context of on-board disruptions, as well as invoicing for power supplied via the shore-based power units. Inland shipping takes places in an international context. Ideally, this new standardisation will be adopted by many other countries besides Belgium and the Netherlands,” the Port of Antwerp stated.

On behalf of all these Shore-Based Power Parties (Walstroompartijen), the Port of Rotterdam Authority has published a European call for bids, which will ultimately lead to the selection of a contractor for these services.

In line with the strategy of the partners, the tender aims to seek a sustainable development of the different port areas in the Netherlands and Belgium, with the goal of improving the local quality of life and the environment.

Inland shipping, compared to road haulage, has been identified as a more environmentally friendly and efficient way of delivering cargo.

The use of shore power for various types of inland vessels further decreases their carbon footprint while in ports, allowing crews to use their onboard facilities without the use of diesel generators or the main engine of the ship.

In accordance with their respective sustainability policies, the ports have decided to work together to develop shore-based power and make the facility as user-friendly as possible in a joint approach.

Other parties which provide shore-based power can also decide to enter the new agreement in the period ahead.

“This approach primarily focuses on the provision of services in the context of on-board disruptions, as well as invoicing for power supplied via the shore-based power units. Inland shipping takes places in an international context. Ideally, this new standardisation will be adopted by many other countries besides Belgium and the Netherlands,” the Port of Antwerp stated.

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