Boskalis, a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors, commissioned a shore power facility at its Waalhaven premises in Rotterdam. This took place yesterday afternoon, marking a milestone in the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and embracing renewable energy solutions.
Boskalis vessels, engaged in various projects, will now benefit from this large-scale shore power facility during (de)mobilization at the service center. The shift from diesel-powered generators to green shore power aligns with Boskalis’ strategy to incorporate eco-friendly practices in its operations. Moreover, the shore power installation will also supply electricity to land-based equipment essential for Boskalis projects in the region.
The newly inaugurated shore power installation is anticipated to generate an impressive 2 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of green electricity annually. This translates to a substantial annual reduction of 1,600 tons of CO2 emissions. Beyond carbon reduction, the adoption of shore power plays a pivotal role in enhancing air quality. By curbing particulate matter and nitrogen emissions, Boskalis contributes to a healthier living environment. Furthermore, noise levels are expected to decrease, creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly operational landscape.
This initiative is part of a broader sustainability strategy adopted by Boskalis. In recent years, the company has implemented multiple measures to reduce its carbon footprint across various facilities. Thousands of solar panels now adorn the roofs of Boskalis offices in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, and in Singapore. Additionally, a significant electric vehicle charging facility, boasting 252 charging points, was inaugurated on the Papendrecht campus.
Boskalis sources its green shore power from Rotterdam Shore Power, a joint venture between Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. While Eneco supplies the green power from Dutch wind and solar sources, Boskalis played a crucial role in establishing the grid connection in-house. The project received co-financing support from the municipality of Rotterdam and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.In essence, Boskalis’ commitment to sustainable practices, exemplified by the launch of this shore power facility, reinforces the company’s position as an industry leader in embracing environmentally conscious solutions. This latest endeavor not only underscores the importance of renewable energy in maritime operations but also sets a benchmark for the industry’s transition towards a greener and more sustainable future.