In 2025, seagoing cruise ships will be connected to ship-to-shore power at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), the port said.
This will reduce emissions from a cruise ship berthed at the quay and improve the air quality in the surroundings. From 2030, it will be a legal requirement for cruise ships to use ship-to-shore power.
The Port of Amsterdam has started the design phase together with grid operator Liander. This includes the laying of a power cable, which needs to be ready by early 2025. Simultaneously, the design of the necessary installations at the PTA is being undertaken.
Amsterdam has received a European subsidy for this project. It is expected that the European tender process will start after the summer, to enable both sea cruise and river cruise ships to use the ship-to-shore power at the PTA from the start of the cruise season in 2025.
In addition, the possibility of using the available power for other purposes, such as charging infrastructure, is being explored.
Ship-to-shore power facilities at the PTA is part of the ‘Clean Shipping Vision’ in which the Port of Amsterdam mapped out the pathway to make vessel traffic more sustainable. By 2050, shipping using Amsterdam should be completely emission free.
Dorine Bosman, Chief Investment Officer at the Port of Amsterdam, said: “With the installation of ship-to-shore power, we are working on improving the air quality in the area and making cruises more sustainable. We are also going to be more selective in which sea cruises we allow.
“From 2024 onwards, older ships (with older engines) will no longer be allowed to dock at the PTA. Ships that can connect to ship-to-shore power as from 2025 will be given priority to dock at the PTA. We are investing in a clean port, clean vessel traffic and a clean city,” he stressed.