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Amsterdam Port Looks to the Future

The Port of Amsterdam has embarked on a number of transformation initiatives aimed at preparing for a more sustainable future. Some of them include a new LNG bunkering facility set to become operational in the first half of 2019, as well as energy transition and digitalization.

In 2017, the port authority unveiled EUR 10 million-worth of investments that would be made by 2021 in support of green objectives.

World Maritime News spoke with the representatives of the port to find out what green projects are currently underway in the port and how much progress was made to implement them.

So far, the port has invested EUR 500,000 for preparation of the LNG shore bunker facility, which will be located in the Amerikahaven in Amsterdam. Furthermore, up to EUR 200,000 has been invested in safety calculations and risk assessments to develop a bunker location map for the port with all berths where ship-to-ship LNG bunkering can take place, as explained by Henri van der Weide, policy adviser for safety, security and environment at the Port of Amsterdam.

The floating LNG bunkering pontoon is being developed by Titan LNG, a supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in North West Europe, and the manufacturing consortium comprising Kooiman Marine Group, Marine Services Noord and Cryovat International.

The FlexFueler001 will have the ability to deliver LNG in a range from 30 to 600 cbm per hour and will have two 380 cbm tanks, with the option of adding two more tanks. It is set to become Europe’s first LNG bunkering pontoon.

“LNG-bunker facility, the fixed loading station, and bunker ship will be available in the first and second quarter of 2019 respectively. We are very busy with a project to expand the number of berths for inland shipping and river cruise to a 100% capacity for shore power, and many investments will be done till 2021, which probably will go beyond the mentioned EUR 10 million,” Henri van der Weide said.

“Shore power for the seagoing cruise is still under investigation, depending on many factors like e.g. plans for a new cruise terminal. So in that perspective, at this moment it is not possible to make a decision. However, this option is still considered in our port as a feasible way forward to reduce the cruise ship emissions, so this will be back on the table in the coming years,” Van der Weide added.

The port offers several discounts for environmentally-friendly ships as part of its Clean Shipping Vision for 2030, which targets reduction of shipping emissions by working with the shipping sector.

One of them is the port’s Green Award Discount where ships which have a Green Award get a 6 percent discount, which is applied to the amount calculated on the basis of specific stipulations of this group.

In addition, seagoing vessels registered on the Environmental Ship Index are eligible for the port’s ESI incentive scheme. According to the incentive-model, a ship must have an ESI-score of 20 points and above. If the ESI-score is above or equal to 31 points, an extra bonus will be applied. The height of the incentive is depending on the gross tonnage (GT) of the vessel. For example, vessels with a gross tonnage of up to 3,000 get the lowest discount of EUR 200, while vessels with a GT of 50,001 and up receive EUR 1,400 reward.

Moreover, any cruise liner that berths in the Port of Amsterdam and reports on the emissions that occurred during the time in berth via a form approved by the port’s board will be eligible for an EUR 500 reduction on the sea harbor dues.

Apart from emissions reduction, the port has launched a number of innovative projects in an effort to facilitate energy transition. Earlier this year, the Port of Amsterdam unveiled the construction of a new facility that will convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel for ships.