Port of Antwerp, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam, North Sea Port Netherlands, Drechtsteden and the Vlaamse Waterweg want to achieve a single uniform shore-based power system for inland navigation and river cruises. This is conducive to user-friendliness and encourages the use of shore-side electricity, a facility that provides power to vessels at a standstill. In the name of all these so-called 'shore-based power parties', the Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched a European tendering procedure that should lead to a supplier for this service.
The tender fits in with the policy of the 'Shore Power Parties' to develop the port areas in the Netherlands and Belgium in a balanced way. This means not only investing in the economy, but also in improving the quality of life and the environment. Sustainability is the key word in this respect. Together, governments and the business community are trying to transport more by water and train instead of by road. Limiting emissions of CO2, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter is also high on the agenda. That is why a great deal of research has been done into the application of shore-side electricity for various ships and locations. Quayside electricity enables skippers to make maximum use of their on-board facilities without emissions (via a generator or main engine).
The joint objectives have led to a joint approach in which the supply of shore power is facilitated as simply and reliably as possible. This primarily concerns the management and maintenance of shore power cabinets (landside) and services for failures on the ship's side, as well as the supply and invoicing of electricity via shore power cabinets. Inland navigation operates in an international context. It is therefore desirable to achieve this standardisation for the use of shore-side electricity across national borders.
It is possible that other parties offering shore-based power will also join this new agreement.