HAROPA PORT unites with Northern Range ports to reduce ship emissions at berth

On June 21, 2021, the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and HAROPA PORT signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will set out their common commitments regarding to Onshore Power Supply (OPS)and continuing actions in terms of ecological transition. A signature which is in line with the European Union's "climate strategy" signed last April and which aims to reduce carbon emissions by half by 2030.

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Ports in the vicinity of inhabited areas and cities face similar environmental problems regarding air quality and noise pollution. Thus, the five ports of the Northern Range jointly commit to deploying the Onshore Power Supply for the large container segment by 2028. Thanks to the implementation of this green energy solution, ships will be able to shut down their engines and connect directly at berth for the duration of their stopovers.

This cooperation aims to boost the efforts already undertaken by all stakeholders and encourage innovation on this theme at national, European or international scale.

An initiative that fits perfectly into the “green port” strategy promoted by HAROPA PORT and which complements the already ongoing projects on maritime cruise terminals in Le Havre and along the Seine from Paris to Le Havre passing by Rouen with the deployment of electrical terminals for river boats.

Moreover, this agreement joined the commitments made during the last World Port Climate Action Program (WPCAP) in which HAROPA PORT have participate last June; and is part of the European Union's "climate objective" signed last April and which aims to reduce carbon emissions by half by 2030.