Heerema crane vessels plug in to largest shore power installation in Europe

In Rotterdam, at Heerema’s mooring location on Landtong Rozenburg in the Calandkanaal, the largest shore power project in Europe has been commissioned. With this, Heerema Marine Contractors’ (HMC) largest crane vessels Sleipnir and Thialf have officially switched from using their engines to using shore power.

The successful commissioning of the shore power project is the result of a partnership between Eneco, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Heerema with the support of the Municipality of Rotterdam. The shore power connection has a capacity of 20 MW, which is the equivalent of the energy consumption of approximately 15,000 households. The power comes from wind turbines located on the headland nearby or from another renewable source should it be required.

Shore power

Shore power enables vessels to switch off their engines and plug into the electrical grid for their energy supply. This action has direct benefits for local residents with air quality improvements and a reduction in CO2. When Heerema’s vessels turn off their engines when moored in the Port of Rotterdam for a standard repair and maintenance period there is a saving of 15,000 metric tons of CO2, 20 metric tons of particulate matter, 5 metric tons of sulfur, and a significant amount of nitrogen– comparable to the annual emissions of 5,000 diesel cars. Also, without the engines running there is a significant reduction in noise nuisance.

“we are proud to successfully plug-in Heerema’s vessel to Shore Power. This project is the result of excellent collaboration and hard work from everyone involved. Heerema is committed to sustainability and we demonstrated this dedication by becoming Carbon Neutral in 2020. Each year from now to 2026 we have outlined our targeted emission reductions, and by plugging-in Shore Power we reduce our overall impact by 5%, equivalent to 5,000 diesel cars, which fulfills our first year’s target! We are looking forward to introducing more sustainability measures to continue this journey.”

Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, Heerema’s CEO

Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is making the necessary switch from fossil energy to sustainable energy. With tens of thousands of ships (almost 30,000) visiting the Port of Rotterdam every year, many of which running on diesel engines, there is a need to take action and reduce these emissions. By using shore power, vessels can switch off their diesel generators, saving up to 25,000 liters of diesel per day per ship and improving air quality, and significantly reducing noise.

At least 90 percent of the offshore, ferries, cruise and roll-on-roll-off ships and container ships in Rotterdam must use shore power by 2030. This saves the emission of approximately 200,000 tons of CO2 and 2500 tons of nitrogen. This means a major step towards an increasingly cleaner and future-proof port.

Frans van de Noort, Eneco’s Chief Operations Officer said: “We are excited to see the launch of our first shore power project. It is unique that the power is provided by wind turbines just down the road. A truly sustainable way of powering vessels while in port. Collaboration with Heerema, the Municipality of Rotterdam, and the other partners have been key in the successful completion of this project and we are looking forward to further increasing shore power in the port of Rotterdam, through Rotterdam Shore Power BV, our joint venture company with the Port of Rotterdam Authority.”

Frans van de Noort, Eneco’s Chief Operations Officer

The installation at Heerema’s mooring location at the Calandkanaal is a great milestone that was supported by the municipality of Rotterdam using the Energy Transition Budget (2.0 million).

The shore power project first began in 2017, and since the idea was formed the partners have been working together to achieve this sustainable ambition. There was an enormous amount of work that contributed to the successful commissioning of this project. With 16 km of cabling installed onboard the vessels, the construction of an onshore E-house and over 40,000 working hours contributed to Shore Power. All images: Heerema

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