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Wind energy to power Heerema's crane vessels at Port of Rotterdam
Date:2019-11-06 Readers:
HEEREMA Marine Contractors' crane vessels at the port of Rotterdam are to switch from diesel generators to wind energy - a move that will reduce total emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 5,000 diesel cars and will cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 15,000 tons each year.

Eneco will supply power from a wind farm on Landtong Rozenburg.

"Heerema's crane vessels are often moored in the Calandkanaal in Rotterdam. The use of clean energy reduces noise and air pollution, significantly reduces CO2 emissions and improves the quality of life in Rozenburg and Maassluis," a joint statement said.

To supply the power, an "e-house" of 16 by nine metres will be built on Landtong Rozenburg together with several transformers. Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have set themselves the goal of providing vessels, in addition to those of Heerema, with shore power at other locations in the vicinity.

To launch the project, the municipality of Rotterdam has reserved a subsidy of EUR2 million (US$2.233 million) in its 2020 budget, provided that the e-house on Landtong Rozenburg is properly integrated into its surroundings in consultation with local residents.

Eneco (80 per cent) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority (20 per cent) are now establishing the "Rotterdam Shore Power BV" with Heerema as their first customer. Aside from Heerema, this new company intends to supply shore-based power to several companies in the area. Discussions on this are ongoing. Other nearby terminals can also be supplied with shore power from the e-house on Landtong Rozenburg.

With this innovative project, Heerema, Eneco, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the municipality of Rotterdam want to show that it is possible to supply shore-based power to large seagoing vessels. If the Rotterdam Shore Power BV can connect several companies and its income increases as expected, the municipal subsidy will be returned.

The project will apply for the permits in late 2019 and construction is to start in the spring of 2020. Most important is building the e-house that will accommodate several transformers. The integration of this e-house into its surroundings is important and local residents will be invited to express their views on the plans at several meetings in the near future.

Heerema's vessels also need to be converted to connect to shore power. If everything goes according to plan, Heerema's vessels will be plugged in sometime next year.

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