Working towards zero emission inland shipping

Working towards zero emission inland shipping

The first large ships are being powered electricity. Heineken brewery sets an example being the first to commission a fully electrically powered container ship. An important step towards zero emission inland shipping.

Crucial changes on our way towards sustainability/zero emission

It goes without saying that sustainability is as important in inland shipping as in othersectors. Heavy shipping diesel engines not only cause a lot of noise and odor, they emit vast amounts of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter… As a result of new local and EU regulatory changes, a lot of new measurements need to be taken within the inland shipping sector to significantly reduce these harmful emisisons. Firstly, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has decided that all ships enteringthe port must have at least one CCR-2 certified engine installed 2025. CCR2 engines cause less nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions. However, the disadvantage is that fuel consumption increases, which is highly undesirable. Also, the European Commission has decided that new shipping engines must comply with new regulations in accordance with NRMM Stage V 2020. And finally, the sector has to deal with the Climate Conference in Paris, where it has been agreed that inland shipping must operate climate neutral 2050.

Sustainable sailing with zero emission

Last June, Wärtsilä, energy and technology company ENGIE, ING and Port of Rotterdam – with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management – jointly set up a new company: Zero Emission Services. ZES strives to make emission-free sailing possible for everyone. The company does this offering products and services based on so-called ZESpacks: exchangeable battery containers. In combination with on shorecharging and a pay-per-use system for skippers, ZES is introducing a complete new energy system. When parked on shore the ZESpacks can also contribute to demand side grid management or can be used for various other charging possibilities. In doing so, ZES is making a significant contribution towards making inland shipping more sustainable.

First step in making the entire chain more sustainable

The first customer to welcome ZES is none other than Heineken breweries. Heineken is working on its sustainable ambition to be the greenest brewery in the world. Green energy is part of this, not only during the brewing process, but also during the transport of beer. Heineken is acting as a real pioneer and promoter of the first fully electrically powered container ship that the company will soon be commissioning. This ship, the Alphenaar, will transport beer from the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude through the inland shipping terminal Alpherium to the port at Moerdijk. Heineken’s ultimate goal is to make the entire chain more sustainable.

Just recharge

Walstroom is part of Involtum’s IoT transaction platform, enabling users to aactivate electricity or water at the quay, docks, pier, or other public area safely and remotely, without having to contact administrators or harbour masters. Walstroom is still widely used to reduce to usage of diesel generators and shipping engines, but with the emergence of electric inland shipping, new shore power connections will be used increasingly for charging purposes.


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