Currently, most vessels that moor at the port of Zeebrugge still have to rely on their own energy production through diesel engines that run on fuel oil for their supply of electricity. This causes a lot of air pollution and production of fine particles in the port. Emissions (sulphur (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and organic volatiles) and fine particles could be strongly reduced, thanks to the possibility to let the moored ships plug in to the electricity net ashore. Moreover, the port has wind turbines, by which the electricity supply of the shore power net could fully happen through green energy.
In the port of Zeebrugge, paper producer Stora Enso and the naval base already provide their vessels with shore power. Some other sea-going vessels already have a socket aboard, but for the moment there are only few ports where shore power can be tapped.
The German cruise shipping company AIDA is generating electricity by the supply of LNG (truck-to-ship) during her stay in the port.
As part of the project ECO2PROFIT, the feasibility of the implementation of shore power on several additional terminals was tested and technical specifications were developed by order of the port authority and the provincial development authority POM West-Vlaanderen. After all, it is a fact that energy supply of the various sea-going vessels through own diesel engines happens in different ways.
The plugging in of the several sea-going vessels to the net ashore must be able to respond to these various systems and the required power, which demands specific technical installations in order to serve as many vessels as possible.