Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) and Samskip announced the launch of their Green Shore Power initiative, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions produced by docked vessels.
The shore power solution is the first of its kind for a container terminal in the Netherlands ports. The endeavor was largely possible through the expertise of Harbour Electronical Services (HES) which both prepared and outfitted Samskip’s shortsea vessel Innovator to receive shore power. The power supply unit at the quay of RST has been installed by Jolectra.
Why shore power
Given that docked vessels currently leave their engines running to generate onboard electricity while burning gasoil constantly, the impact of green onshore power becomes clear. Shore-side electricity is expected to reduce CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the FuelEU Maritime regulation requires shore-power connectivity from 2030.
The celebration of this milestone event was on Friday, July 21st, where delegations from Samskip, RST, Port of Rotterdam (HBR), Municipality of Rotterdam and HES gathered. During the celebration, Innovator provided an onsite demonstration of the smooth transition between ship power and the new shore power.
We have set ambitious decarbonization targets for the upcoming years, with a clear aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. Remarkably, this goal puts us a decade ahead of the legally mandated requirement for the maritime industry
… said Head of Fleet Management – Vessel, Erik Hofmeester
For me, keying in on the path towards CO2 neutrality means partnering with customers and suppliers and I am thrilled that together with Samskip, HES and Jolectra, we have been able to take a first step.
… said CEO of RST – Arno Storm