Shore Power in the Calandkanaal in Rotterdam has the potential to drastically reduce local emissions and noise


This website is dedicated to enable sustainable shore power in the Calandkanaal, powered by Heerema, Eneco and Port of Rotterdam. The feasibility report has recently been made available for public use and can be accessed by clicking here.


Why do we want this?

The energy transition is accelerating. Society is changing. The Port of Rotterdam has the ambition to become the most sustainable port in the world and 100% carbon neutral. The marine industry has the same ambitions. Let's make this work. 

How do we achieve it?

We plan to build 20 Megawatts worth of electrical infrastructure that powers HMC's fleet when in port by 100% green energy. It is envisioned all vessels from HMC - the Sleipnir, Thialf and Aegir - can be fully electrically operated in the future. 

How can I help?

 We are mainly looking for other marine players who are interested in converting their vessels too. But we can also use help with subsidies and developing the electrical infrastructure. Contact us to see how you can achieve your ambitions. 

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. Read more in the feasibility study report.

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. 

We are a consortium of maritime & public partners, facilitators and service providers

We believe that together, by freely and openly sharing information, we create a sustainable and economically feasible business case that is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Each partner has knowledge and abilities to strengthen the case. We have divided the partners into maritime and public partners, facilitators and service providers. Below is a full list of all involved parties. 


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Maritime Partners

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Public Partners

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We are Matchmakers


Service Providers

We provide Sustainable Power


Hot from the Press

This page contains the latest news about the Shore Power Caland Canal project. Explore the page to learn more about the latest developments of the projects, or contact us for an in depth discussion. 

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June 2019 - Green Deal Shipping Signed

June 11th marked the day that the Green Deal Shipping was signed in the Netherlands. Green Deals are agreements between government and industry on sustainability and the energy transition. As part of the deal, it was agreed shore power energy tax would be reduced to foster shore power developments.

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Siemens has been selected as subcontractor to help realize the onshore infrastructure in the Caland Canal. Siemens has significant experience in the field of shore power and has installed shore power in the US, China, Germany but also Scheveningen. The consortium is excited to have Siemens on board!

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April 2019 - Feasibility Study Completed!

The consortium is proud to share the fact that the feasibility study report has officially been completed. The report can be downloaded here. The main conclusion is that the shore power connection is technically viable. However, several steps need to be made to make it commercially viable. Eneco, Heerema and the Port of Rotterdam are working hard to close the gaps and realize the project. Read all about it in the report.


You can share in all the benefits

We are happy to share our knowledge with you for your own personal case. Or you can contact us to see how you can get involved in the consortium. In any case, do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email by completing the form below.


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