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Energy-saving investments clear the way for shore-based power

For inland shipping captains who invest in energy-saving measures, shore-based power is

becoming an alternative to the traditional onboard diesel generator. This is the conclusion

of 26 energy scans conducted on inland vessels. The scans were offered free of charge by

North Sea Port, the Flemish government and the Port of Antwerp in order to promote the

use of shore-based power by inland vessels. A win-win-win for the captain, surrounding

residents and the environment.


Shorepower is an environmentally friendly and quiet way to provide European inland

vessels with electricity. Shorepower stations are available in the Port of Antwerp, in the

North Sea Port and along Flemish waterways. Research shows that they could be used more

often. The outcomes of the study are supported by the European partners in the Clean

Inland Shipping Project.


In order to raise awareness and increase interest in shore-based power in the inland

shipping sector, at the end of September last year the Port of Antwerp, the North Sea Port

and the Flemish government (The Flemish Waterways Authority and the Department of

Mobility and Public Works) issued an appeal for candidates for a free energy scan. Twentysix

inland shipping vessels responded to this call. There was also interest from abroad in

organising these kinds of energy scans. For instance, requests were also received from the

Netherlands and Germany.


Effect on air and noise

Currently, most inland shipping captains produce the energy they need with their own

diesel generators, although this does cause noise pollution and CO2 and nitrogen emissions.

In the context of promoting cleaner air and low-noise environments, the transition to shorebased


power for inland shipping captains is being encouraged. This has a direct impact on

the environment and the people living in the vicinity of our busy waterways.

The changeover seems obvious but is not so evident for many inland shipping captains:

many of the ships are not yet technically equipped to be plugged in safely. Investments

must therefore be made in order to be able to use shorepower.


Recouped in 4 years

From the energy scans carried out, it appears that on average, investments pay for

themselves within four years due to the energy savings that are achieved. The 26 ships

together saved 1.9 GWh on an annual basis, or as much as what 63 families use in electricity

in a single year. That amounts to 499 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year.


The savings differ per type of ship: a tanker or inland container ship can save as much as the

equivalent of 4.5 families per year. A dry bulk barge that makes all the modifications saves in Belgium.


Part of the European CLINSH research project

These energy scans form part of the European Clean Inland Shipping (CLINSH) research

project, which in turn falls under the European Life Programme which focuses on the

environment, nature conservation and climate action. It is aimed at improving air quality

through the conversion and monitoring of inland shipping vessels on the one hand, and

facilitating shore-based power infrastructure on the other. This public-private partnership

brings together organisations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and England and is

running from 2016 to February 2022. More info is available at www.clinsh.eu.

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September, a consortium meeting will be held in the Belgian

city of Ghent.


Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works: "Inland shipping is an

essential and sustainable link in the transport of goods to and from the seaports. Shorebased

power helps make transport even more sustainable, as it reduces the energy

consumption of inland shipping vessels, cuts down on emissions and noise levels. By making

these energy scans possible, we support innovation and the decarbonisation of transport. In

short, an important step in improving the sustainability of our logistic flows to and from the



Daan Schalck, CEO North Sea Port: "Already, 58% of the transport between the harbour

area of North Sea Port and the surrounding countryside is carried out by inland shipping.

Rolling out shore-based power to inland ships makes inland shipping and transport

throughout Europe even more sustainable.


Annick De Ridder, Antwerp Port Alderman: “Inland shipping captains can buy 100% green

electricity from the shore-based power stations of the Port of Antwerp. These energy scans

show that it pays off for them to convert their electrical installations on board for this



Shore-based power in Flanders

On the website of the Flemish Inland Waterway Shipping Services Platform (Vlaams

Binnenvaartservicesplatform) inland shipping captains can find an overview of the network

of shore-based power facilities in Flanders and the information they need to make use of

these facilities. For more information see www.binnenvaartservices.be/walstroom/



CLINSH consortium invests in green and future-proof inland shipping: Consortium Meeting in Ghent 16-17 September 2021.

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 Lees meer : https://www.clinsh.eu/ 


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Shore power for inland shipping (2019-03-01)

For a sustainable port


Within the CLINSH – CLean INland SHipping – project, emission-reducing technologies and alternative fuels for inland shipping are subjected to practical testing. Participating vessels will be monitored to observe the reduction in their emissions. The results will be collected and used by regional, national and European governments to shape new and existing policy aimed at increasing the sustainability of inland shipping.

 Shore power in the port

North Sea Port is opting to provide shore power in order to improve the air quality in and around the port and reduce greenhouse gases emitted by moored vessels. Shore power replaces the diesel generator on board a vessel, powering the climate control systems in cargo and crew areas, lighting and other equipment that requires electricity. The CLINSH project highlights the benefits of shore power.


CLINSH aims at improving air quality in urban areas along waterways. The CLINSH project will accelerate the reduction of emissions in inland shipping sector in order to comply with tightened European regulations in future.


Final report TEN-T project 'Shore Power in Flanders' 2012-BE-92063-S - 24/08/2016

The Project's overall objective is to establish a shore power network, including a uniform management and payment system, on a larger scale for inland navigation in Flanders to eventually contribute to its development as an environmental friendly alternative to road transport.

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River cruises to Eilandje, Antwerp now via shore power - 16/03/2016

Since February 2016, river cruise ships mooring on the Kattendijkdok Westkaai in the Eilandje district in Antwerp are able to use shore power. This means they do not need to use their generators to supply the necessary power onboard.

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Purchasing quayside electricity and drinking water at Wijnegem waiting port - 03/07/2015

In the context of further greening of inland water transport, De Scheepvaart is investing in quayside electricity infrastructure on the Albert Canal. From 06/07/2015, inland waterway companies can make use of the waiting port of Wijnegem on the Albert Canal for topping up electricity and drinking water. Inland waterway skippers can also dispose of their household waste in closed waste containers.

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Norm IEC 80005-3 concerning Low Voltage Shore Connection systems - 18/03/2015

At the end of 2014, the preliminary version (PAS) of IEC-80005-3: Utility connection port - Part 3: Low Voltage Shore Connection (LVSC) systems - General Requirements was published. The final version is expected during the second half of 2015.

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Onshore power bollards in the port of Antwerp - 11-2014

Antwerp Port Authority has installed seven new onshore power connection points on Quay 75, the barge holding dock, so that barges can draw electricity while they are at berth. Users have to register once here to gain access to the system. There is a charge for the service.


  • Activation

    Once you have connected to an available socket, there are three ways of activating the power supply :

    1. SMS ENI_number # socket number # start to 3040

    2. Call +32 70 210 121 and follow the instructions

    3. Visit your personal web page

    Then press the green start/restart button. If the power supply has been activated successfully, the green lamp flashes and you receive electricity.
    If the green light goes out then the supply has deactivated. You will then have to reactivate (maximum of two times): use the mobile number that you entered in your personal web page and follow the instructions carefully.

  • Deactivation

    There are three ways of deactivating the supply. After deactivating you have to unplug the connection.

    1. SMS ENI_number # socket number # stop to 3040

    2. Call +32 70 210 121 and follow the instructions

    3. Visit your personal web page

  • More info can be found on www.portofantwerp.com/en/onshorepower.

Website "www.walstroomplatform.be" online

Vlaanderen beschikt voortaan over deze nieuwe viertalige website. De website is bedoeld voor de talrijke watergebruikers. Ze biedt een mooi overzicht van de belangrijkste ontwikkelingen ter bevordering van het gebruik van stroom aan wal. Bezoekers kunnen op de website terecht voor allerlei nuttige informatie. Schippers kunnen onder andere zien waar ze hun schip op het elektriciteitsnet kunnen aansluiten.

Lees de volledige persmededeling


Study shows switch to on-shore power supply is beneficial for regular port users - 7/03/2013

The Zeebrugge port authority and POM West-Flanders have launched a study to investigate whether or not it is technically and financially interesting to install on-shore power supply facilities on the quays and on ships. The study was executed by the Ingenium bureau, who have selected the ships that call on Zeebrugge regularly and stay in our port for longer periods of time. For 25 percent of the calls in Zeebrugge, the study concluded positively. This is about 10 percent of the ships in Port of Zeebrugge. The results of this study were presented during a workshop this morning.

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First quayside electricity project started in port of Ghent - 12/9/2012

From 2014 onwards, seagoing vessels will be able to make use of quayside electricity for the first time in the port of Ghent. Moored vessels will then be able to connect to the quayside electricity grid, which will be of benefit to the environment. For this purpose, Ghent Port Company and DFDS Seaways joined forces. It will be a first for both.

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Shore power coordinator

During the last years, the interest in the use of shore power has strongly increased in Flanders. In order to optimize and standardize the possibilities of offering shore power, the Air Quality Plan provides the designation of a shore power coordinator in the context of the application for postponement of the NO2 standards (Flemish Government 2012.03.30). At the meeting of the Environment, Nature and Energy Department (LNE) and the of Mobility and Public Works Department (MOW) dated February 28th, 2012, Mosssine El Kahloun of the Port and Water Policy division was appointed shore power coordinator. Via the Shore Power Platform Consultation, he coordinates the present situation as well as the difficulties and their possible solutions in relation to shore power with all the stakeholders for all Flemish waterways and port areas.