Shore power is the notion which indicates that a ship is connected to a shore side electrical power unit for its power supply on board. Ships sailing at sea basically use their own generators to produce electricity. Running diesel engines in the port however, is unnecessary stressful for the environment. It produces mainly emissions of CO2, NOx and fine PM10 particles.
To fully utilise the added value of shore power, a harmonisation of the management system and payment system is being sought.
Shore power is already being offered at a number of locations, see 'Request shore power' on www.walstroomplatform.be. In the framework of the Climate Fund, the waterway administrators NV Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and NV De Scheepvaart will make an additional effort to expand the network further.
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New shore power installations will be developed in the coming years.
On the territory of NV Waterwegen en Zeekanaal (W&Z), there are a number of locations where offering shore power provides added value. At the location in Evergem, upstream of the lock, W&Z also wants to offer in 2017 inland waterway users the possibility of using shore power. This location has potential in view of the number of vessels docking there. Furthermore, this will also reduce nuisance for local residents and will lead to a reduction in emissions of air pollutants. W&Z also wishes to create a shore power installation upwards of the Katelijnepoortbrug in Bruges around mid 2016.
On the territory of NV De Scheepvaart, there are a number of locations where offering shore power provides added value. NV De Scheepvaart wants to offer in 2016 inland waterway users on the left bank of the Albert Canal in Wijnegem additional possibilities of using shore power. In this zone, a zone for long-term docking (maximum of 7 days) is available. This zone is located close to the centre of the municipality of Wijnegem. Offering shore power at this location will have a positive impact on air quality and noise pollution in the immediate environment (buildings). Furthermore, this location is situated in the busiest shipping section of the Albert Canal.
In 2015, the shore power installation by quay 75 was extended with two additional LS shore power cabinets and a high-voltage cabin. These new cabinets can deliver greater electrical capacity and are specifically but not exclusively designed for major consumers, such as tankers.
Three new cabinets are to be placed by Groenendijk around mid 2016 but this depends on the location of the footbridges.