What is Shore Power?
Simply put, shore power means a ship uses electricity from the shore to power the vessel. Every time a vessel visits the shore, a large plug is connected to the vessel. In order to fully electrify the vessels of Heerema Marine Contractors in the Calandkanaal, a shore power connection of approximately 20MVA is required. This is pending the current feasibility study. It is envisioned all vessels - the Sleipnir, Thialf and Aegir - are converted to accommodate shore power while retaining their functional capabilities.
How does it power the Energy Transition?
Connecting Heerema Marine Contractors' fleet to the grid by sustainable energy will provide a significant reduction in terms of emissions and noise. Due to the fact the diesel generators will be switched off shortly after the vessel is moored, nearly all emissions – CO2, NOX, SOX and PM – will be eliminated by Heerema in the channel. In the future, even more vessels could be connected to the grid to reduce the (carbon) footprint even further. In addition to the emissions saved, noise generation will be reduced significantly too.
Why do we need Shore Power?
This day and age, society is pushing towards a carbon neutral and sustainable future. The Paris Agreement is being shaped into tangible laws and regulations on (inter)national levels. In the Netherlands, society is switching from using gas to electricity. Large oil and gas majors are explicitly asking for “carbon-initiatives” and require contractors to reduce their carbon footprint. Heerema Marine Contractors is willing to go beyond compliance.