RST & Samskip Launch 1st Green Shore Power initiative

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Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) and Samskip have launched their Green Shore Power initiative, which aims to cut CO2 emissions produced by vessels at berth by providing clean shore powered energy solutions, reports Offshore Energy.

Shore power solution

The shore power solution is said to be the first of its kind for a container terminal in the Netherlands ports, and at an event on 21 July, the Samskip Innovator provided an onsite demonstration of the shore power solution. Harbour Electronical Services (HES) 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.

Head of Fleet Management – Vessel, Erik Hofmeester, Head of Fleet Management – Vessel at Samskip, said: ‘There are many ways to reduce CO2, such as: Samskip vessels using bio-fuel, the CO2 capturing systems also installed on Samskip vessels, WASP (Wind Assisted Ships Propulsion) and last but not least shore power. Green shore power facilitates clean and silent ship-operations in the ports of Rotterdam.’

He continued: ‘We have set ambitious decarbonisation 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, which is currently set at 2050.We will also continue to use all our resources to protect the future of our company, our customers and partners and our planet.’

Ambitious decarbonisation targets

RST’s CEO, Arno Storm, added: ‘RST is committed to be a frontrunner in energy transition and is taking a leading role in the port of Rotterdam to work on practical solutions to serve the planet and RST’s customers. I am truly proud to be able to say that we are the first container terminal in the Netherlands which has a shore power connection.’

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. Furthermore, I would like to extend my gratitude towards the Port of Rotterdam authorities who have played an active role in the support and establishment of this pilot.’

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Source: Offshore Energy


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