Standard shore-based power

Friday 13 11 2020

Belgian and Dutch inland ports are working together to create a single standard shore-based power system for inland navigation and river cruisers. To this end, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Port of Antwerp, Amsterdam Port Authority, North Sea Port Netherlands, the Drechtsteden and De Vlaamse Waterweg are jointly issuing a European call for tenders. 

Shore-based power allows skippers to turn off their generator or main engine while moored and connect the ship to the power grid, helping to cut emissions and reduce local noise pollution. The tender aims to find a supplier for the standard shore-based power system. The partners' initiative will invest in the economy and improve quality of life and the environment. 


Inland navigation operates in an international context. A standard system for shore-based power across borders is therefore a major step forward, both for users and the ports.  It is also possible that other ports providing shore-based power will sign up to this new agreement.


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