Rotterdam, Netherlands (PortSEurope) October 15, 2020 – The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have announced a jojnt plan to provide shore-based electricity for vessels using the port. This means that vessels will not need to run diesel engines whilst docked, reducing air pollution and the carbon footprint of the ships. Over the next five years projects will start to speed up
the process with the aim of a significant reduction by 2030. Arno Bonte, Rotterdam’s Vice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air and Energy Transition said that the plan was a major step forward for sustainability in the port. ‘Shore-based power allows us to connect vessels to a clean source of power. This prevents both air pollution and noise nuisance – which will improve conditions for local residents and for the surrounding nature areas. Our port will once again become a bit greener”. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority added: ‘Our vision combines ambition and pragmatism. We will be setting up eight to ten shore-based power projects for a variety of sea-going vessel types. We will be doing this in partnership with companies in the port area and with the shipping companies that use our port. We will continually monitor the results of these projects to learn whether we can speed up the process or need to take a bit more time.’ Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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