Maritime Shipping Bunkered Less Fuel In Rotterdam In 2023


  • Maritime shipping bunkered significantly less fuel in Rotterdam; 9.9 million tonnes in 2023 compared to 10.6 million tonnes in 2022.
  • With that, the demand for fuel oil, marine gas oil and other fuels was 6.7 percent lower than in 2022.
  • Only bunkering of LNG (liquefied natural gas) rose significantly, from 406,599 m3 to 619,243 m3. This had everything to do with developments in the price of LNG.

Last year, the number of sea-going and inland vessels calling at the port of Rotterdam fell significantly, from 29,029 to 27,886 and from 97,459 to 89,183 respectively, reports Port News.

Registration of spills has significantly improved

There were no serious accidents and the number of other accidents increased from 137 to 159. The Nautical Safety Index, which measures the level of safety, rose from 6.39 to 7.51.

The number of spills/leaks reported this year rose to 216. Normally, around 180 spills are reported each year. The abundant rainfall in recent months is partly to blame. Around 20 percent of the reported water pollution comes from the coast.

From 1 January, this figure will become a critical performance indicator for the harbour master. In the meantime, the registration of spills has been significantly improved, so that the causes can be better identified and the figures influenced by additional monitoring. The Harbour Master Division is in discussions with some terminal owners to reduce water pollution.

The harbour master supports the municipality’s sustainability ambitions and is committed to the energy transition. The harbour master is satisfied with the use of shore-based power in the city centre, especially along the Noordereiland and the Maashaven, where it is well used. In the western part of the port, the shore-based power is hardly used at all. The Port of Rotterdam Authority will introduce a generator ban here too but is still consulting with client representatives.

Methanol bunkering has become a normal activity

Last year, for the first time, a container ship running on methanol filled its bunkers with biomethanol. This marked the successful completion of a long process of preparing vessels for the use of methanol. Methanol bunkering has now become a normal activity in Rotterdam. Meanwhile, preparations have begun on vessels which will run on ammonia. The harbour master expects the first ammonia-powered vessels to arrive in the port in 2025. They will only be able to bunker here if they can do so as safely as when bunkering LNG (liquefied gas) or fuel oil.

In the ports of Rotterdam, Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Maassluis, Moerdijk and Dordrecht, sea-going vessels can deliver all types of ships’ waste.

The waste is then transported by truck or inland shipping to approved waste processors. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has recently amended the port waste plan. The duty to deliver now applies to all ship-generated waste. The aim of these changes is to provide the greatest possible incentive for the delivery of waste (including fishing gear and waste caught passively). Vessels pay the fees through the mandatory waste fee under the General Terms and Conditions.

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Source: Port News


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