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Monday, May 25, 2009

Port of Antwerp launches cold-ironing trial

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Seagoing ships belonging to the Independent Container Line (ICL) will now be able to use a shore-based electricity supply when berthed at the Port of Antwerp. Shore power is already available for barges, as well as the Port Authority's tug and dredger fleet, floating cranes and dry dock complex, and will soon be supplied to pleasure craft and houseboats.
Until now, however, it has not been available to seagoing ships - the segment that, in view of its size, has the most powerful effect on environmental performance.
This €1,1 million project is a collaboration between Independent Maritime Terminal (IMT), the Port Authority and the Flemish community.
The IMT terminal is dedicated to ICL, which has already equipped three of its four ships to make use of this shore power facility.
Source: Eye for Transport