European subsidy for Zeebrugge cruise terminal shore power

2024-04-29T17:07:44+00:00 April 29th, 2024|Environment|

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has received a European subsidy of €3.2 mill for a shore power installation to be installed for cruise ships at Zeebrugge.

From 2026, cruise ships will be able to purchase green electricity when berthed – four years before it becomes mandatory across Europe.

The cruise terminal located on the Swedish Quay in Zeebrugge is the only terminal operated by the Port Authority.

A shore-based power installation is in line with the call for projects of the EU programme – Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (AFIF) of the Connecting Europe Facility. The Port Authority submitted the project to the the EU and was awarded the funds.

Cruise ships consume a lot of energy while berthed. Thanks to the shore-based power installation, cruise ships will have the opportunity to switch to green electricity from the high-voltage grid.

As a result, they do not have to generate their own electricity by using diesel generators meaning that there are no  emissions and also that the noise of the generators is eliminated.

In the interim, a procedure is underway to appoint a partner who will build, maintain and operate the shore power installation. The talks are in the final stretch, the port authority said.

Dirk De fauw, Port of Antwerp-Bruges Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “With the shore power installation of Port of Antwerp-Bruges at our cruise terminal, the impact of cruise ships on our environment will be greatly reduced. In doing so, we are ahead of European regulations.

“This grant is a recognition of Port of Antwerp-Bruges’ efforts to accelerate the energy transition in the maritime sector. We are taking the lead here with a shore power installation at our only own terminal,” he said.

Rob Smeets, Port of Antwerp-Bruges COO, added: “Port of Antwerp-Bruges is making major efforts to accelerate the energy transition in the maritime sector. This shore power installation is certainly not our first step in this. For example, more sustainable fuels, such as methanol and LNG, are also available in our port for ships that can sail on them.”