Shore power coordination
The shore power coordinator monitors developments through the platform and solves any problems relating to shore power.
The Flanders Inland Navigation Services Platform pursues the following strategic objectives with regard to shore power:
to coordinate initiatives of bargees and waterway managers / port companies to meet the strict needs and obligations laid down by Flemish Parliament Act;
to look for solutions which make optimal use of the added value generated by shore power;
to develop a joint/coordinated vision on infrastructure (design, management and maintenance);
to standardize the provision and payment system;
to coordinate the compilation of a composite index map of shore power facilities;
to coordinate actions directed at federal policy makers (like consultation on taxation with the federal authorities).
In order to increasingly anchor shore power throughout Flanders, substantial efforts are still to be made for:
A standardized shore power provision and payment system
Several different payment systems are currently in place. The Flanders Inland Navigation Services Platform is working on the implementation of a standardised provision and payment system for Flanders as a whole.
The TEN-T project around standardisation is currently being implemented. The project is coordinated by the Department of Mobility and Public Works (Ports and Water Policy Division). The Port of Antwerp has had a shore power management system developed and installed. A similar management system needs to be designed in Evergem (by Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV) and in Wijnegem (by nv De Scheepvaart).
For purposes of standardisation a central coordinating user management system is required. The idea is to make the central management system available for consultation on the shore power website. Alignment must be achieved between the central web services and the local management systems.
Financial support for shore power
To further expand shore power infrastructure, shore power rates should become more attractive.
Use should be made of the financial instruments available within the framework of the Energy Taxation Directive.
Article 19, paragraph 1 of the Directive offers the possibility of introducing tax exemptions or reductions. This tax reduction was applied for by the Flanders Inland Navigation Services Platform.
Communication with bargees
To create support for a payment system, it is paramount that the different stakeholders (i.e. the bargees themselves) are sufficiently informed and consulted. Since the ultimate purpose is to make the best possible use of shore power, a standardised payment system will be beneficial. This process must be implemented by the Flanders Inland Navigation Services Platform.
The success of shore power is entirely dependent on its acceptance by the bargees. The bargees' stakeholder organisations point out the problems they face when using shore power.
The Flanders Inland Navigation Services Platform aims for open and transparent communication with bargees. The communication of current initiatives regarding financial support and tax reduction for shore power may help stimulate its acceptance by bargees.