Could this vision of the future of the Calandkanaal become a reality?
(Disclaimer - Artist Impression - Windmills are schematic to show sustainable energy is provided and do not indicate location)
The energy transition is accelerating
The Paris Agreement has set the tone: our society is in transition towards a CO2 neutral economy. Climate policies are under development by the Dutch Government to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
The Port of Rotterdam
The port of Rotterdam has the ambition to become the most sustainable port in the world. They strive to develop every possible initiative contributing to the transition to a carbon neutral economy.
Heerema Marine Contractors
Heerema is a world leading marine contractor with a clear sustainable vision. We have the world’s largest crane-vessel under construction, the Sleipnir, fueled by LNG (not shown above).
HMC activities in the Calandkanaal (1)
The Calandkanaal is used as base of operations for the North Sea and for Repair & Maintenance.
HMC activities in the Calandkanaal (2)
These activities impact the local communities of Maassluis and Rozenburg with emissions and noise.
The Bigger Picture
This view of the Calandkanaal clearly shows the potential of hooking up more vessel to the envisioned grid, as already many vessels are moored there. The “HMC-connection” could be part of a larger infrastructure to serve more marine partners. This would significantly de-risk the investments required and further accelerate Rotterdam’s ambitions.
Stakeholders – Who stands to gain what?
HMC currently acts as a catalyzer, but more partners are beneficial to “de-risk” the business case. Other partners are responsible for different aspects of the development and a consortium is being built as we speak.
How do we know it works?
Stena Line has already outfitted four ferries with shore power connections in 2012 and has won the KNVR Shipping Award for it. This has been made possible by the Port of Rotterdam and Dutch Government subsidies.