Stolt Tankers will test shore power in Rotterdam

From left to right: Boudewijn Siemons, Chief Operating Officer, Port of Rotterdam; Walter Moone, Managing Director, Vopak Rotterdam Botlek; and Lucas Vos, President, Stolt Tankers (Photo: Stolt Tankers)

Stolt Tankers has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rotterdam Port Authority and Vopak Botlek to conduct a six-month feasibility study for the use of shore power for chemical tankers calling at Rotterdam’s Botlek Terminal. Vopak. While in port, ships will be able to switch off their diesel generators and connect to the mains, potentially from renewable sources.

Stolt Tankers President Lucas Vos said: “The availability of shore power for our vessels has the potential to significantly reduce the use of onboard diesel generators when vessels are in port, resulting in a reduction significant greenhouse gas emissions. This supports Stolt Tankers’ ambition to reduce its GHG emissions intensity by at least 50% by 2030 compared to 2008 levels – well ahead of the 40% target set by the IMO.

“We have identified several vessels that could participate in the trial, which if successful will also offer our vessels calling at ports the option of plugging into electricity from renewable sources,” added Vos. .

As chemical tankers are required to comply with higher safety standards than many other types of vessels, the results of this study will be important for the entire chemical tanker industry. The project poses several significant technical obstacles, which make it unique. The purpose of the feasibility study is to discover effective solutions to these challenges that can be used to form the basis of an agreed international standard.

Installing a shore power supply for chemical tankers will only be a viable solution if the industry can agree on a single standard. Shipowners will need confirmation that their vessels can safely and reliably connect to shore power in multiple ports before investing in the necessary vessel adjustments, so designing a solution is essential. industry standard in partnership with other leading organizations.

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