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Port of Amsterdam “Recalibrates” Shore Power Pricing Policy

The current pricing of the use of shore power in the Port has been reviewed by Port of Amsterdam. The principle of the recalibration is in any case not to increase any tariffs. There are currently two groups of users of shore power in the ports of Amsterdam: inland navigation and river cruises.

Both groups have their own type of shore power points that are installed and maintained by Port of Amsterdam.

Port of Amsterdam has made significant investments in the shore power facilities for river cruises and inland navigation in the past few years. Port of Amsterdam supplies shore power in the Amsterdam port region, and only passes on the actual costs to users.

Shore power tariffs revised

The costs of shore power consist of two cost components: the costs of electricity and the costs for the shore power facilities, such as the shore power points, cables and transformers. The inland navigation shore power points (63/125A) have domestic connectors and are fed from the local power grid. The river cruise shore power points are heavier and larger (Powerlocks of 400A) and are accordingly equipped with special transformers and cables to be able to supply enough capacity. This leads to higher costs of investment, repair and maintenance for Port of Amsterdam. However, Port of Amsterdam only wants to pass on the actual costs of use. That is why Port of Amsterdam is adopting a new pricing policy for shore power. The price as of 1 January 2017 per KWh for river cruises will remain equal to the current tariff of € 0.35 per KWh, with no price indexation being applied. The shore power tariff for inland navigation is set at € 0.27 per KWh in Amsterdam for 2017.

Review of expansion of use of shore power

Port of Amsterdam believes that the facilities it offers can always be further improved: faster, smarter and cleaner. Faster, by investing in processes and services. Smarter, by embracing innovation. And cleaner, by being a large port with a small environmental footprint. Shore power contributes to a cleaner, greener port and the Port is seeking to expand this facility substantially. In 2017, Port of Amsterdam will launch a review of the required physical modifications of the shore power infrastructure in connection with a possible expansion of the generator ban in the Port of Amsterdam. An expansion of the generator ban will require physical modifications in certain locations, as well as improvements in the shore power facilities. These modifications must first be implemented before a generator ban can be expanded in the Port of Amsterdam. The generator ban will in any case continue to apply in the areas in which it is currently applicable.

Image: The Port of Amsterdam has “recalibrated” pricing for the use of shore power.

Source: Port of Amsterdam

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