Danish company, PowerCon has been contracted to supply shore power at Cruiseport Rotterdam.
Peter Castberg Knudsen, partner of PowerCon, and Mai Elmar, director of Cruiseport Rotterdam and Cruiseport Shore Power (CSP), signed the agreement on 2nd June.
CSP is a subsidiary of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, which was set up specifically for the construction and operation of shore power. The Port Authority is responsible for the project management of the construction.
The use of shore power reduces CO2, nitrogen and particulate matter emissions. In addition, cruise ships’s sound while at the quay decreases significantly.
With the commissioning of shore power, Cruiseport Rotterdam will be ahead of European regulations, which prescribes that by 2030 all cruise ships in European ports must use shore power.
The signing took place in the presence of Robert Simons – Port alderman of Rotterdam – and Boudewijn Siemons – COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
They signed a so-called ‘starting document’, as the Port Authority and the municipality, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, made the financing possible.
The construction costs are estimated to be around €15 mill. By 2025, Cruiseport Rotterdam expects that more than 75% of cruise ships visiting Rotterdam will use shore power.
This year, 124 cruise ships are due to arrive at Cruiseport Rotterdam.
PowerCon also recently signed a contract with the Port of Amsterdam to install shore power at the cruise terminal.