Amid the growing calls for reducing emissions and improving the environment around the major port, five of the major European ports have announced a joint effort to provide onshore power supply to ships on the berth. The step is also targeted towards addressing the pending EU regulatory actions that require ships to reduce emissions while at the port. This new memorandum of understanding regarding the onshore power supply for ships at berths is between the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Haropa, and Rotterdam.
The five involved ports are working together to examine the course of action and increase efforts at the regional, national and international level for providing shore supply to ships during port stay. Robert Howe, CEO of Bremerhaven, said that with the joint declaration of five major ports on the North Range of Europe, they are moving closer towards the goal of zero-emission shipping. He further added that investing in emission-free drives that have an impact both at the port and at sea is the best mechanism to reduce emission contributions in climate change. Working together Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Antwerp, Haropa Port, and Rotterdam are sending a strong signal regarding fair competition, clean shipping, and greener supply chains.
The participant ports of this memorandum acknowledge that shore power is not a plausible solution for all berths, vessel sizes, and vessel types but they believe that positive steps can be taken in the ultra-large container ship segment. Explaining their case, Ports said that the call frequency, average berth duration, and high-power demand of ultra-large container ships have made large container ships a suitable segment for onshore supply. Looking at the energy demand, the onshore power supply to these ultra-large container ships will require huge investments and present technological challenges but will also have a significant impact on the environment.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp said that they call upon public and private stakeholders to put collective effort into making the deployment of onshore supply for container ships a reality so that emission at ports could be reduced and shipping could turn green.
Efforts are already in place to reduce emissions at ports. Rotterdam is planning to execute ten shore power projects in the coming few years whereas Haropa Port has an ongoing shore project for a maritime cruise terminal.
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