Netherlands Launches Shore Power at Scheveningen

Tuesday March 14, 2017

The Hague Monday announced that an installation for shore power has opened at Scheveningen's First Harbour, enabling ships to connect to power supply while at berth.

While shore power in the area had already been around for cutters, small fishing boats, and pleasure boats, this is said to be the first time shore power has been made available in this form and scope in the Netherlands.

"Thanks to shore power the ships can cut down on the use of their diesel generators. This eliminates air pollution and reduces the noise and vibrations while the engine is idle," the Hague.

"Ships need to be adapted to be able to connect to the shore power. A number of ships have already done this."

There are six connection points for shore power in the First Harbour, including one on the short side of the harbour and five on the long side of the harbour for large fishing boats, while the Third Harbour has one connection point.

The Department of Waterways and Public Works and shipping companies Vrolijk Holding BV/Jaczon BV and W. van der Zwan & Zn BV are noted to have been involved in the preparations for shore power.

"The installation for shore power is a measure in the Air Quality Action Plan. The plan outlines what the municipality is doing together with businesses, residents, interest groups and the Dutch State to further improve the air quality in the city," explained the Hague.