Shore power is the notion which indicates that a ship is connected to a shore side electrical power unit for its power supply on board. Ships sailing at sea basically use their own generators to produce electricity. Running diesel engines in the port however, is unnecessary stressful for the environment. It produces mainly emissions of CO2, NOx and fine PM10 particles.
To fully utilise the added value of shore power, a harmonisation of the management system and payment system is being sought.
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With a view to uniformity, in the context of the Trans-European Network Transport (TEN-T) project, which the MOW (Policy Department) coordinates together with the Antwerp Municipal Port Authority, NV De Scheepvaart, Havenbedrijf Gent NV under public law and Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV, a central management system for shore power in Flanders (CEBES) was developed. CEBES has been operational since 2015. Users/shippers can reach CEBES via a central web page "Request shore power". The development of a uniform coordinating central management system (CEBES) links the various local management systems (LOBES) of the Port of Antwerp (quay 75), NV De Scheepvaart (in the waiting port in Wijnegem) and Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV (in the waiting port in Evergem) to this web platform.
Shore power is already being offered at a number of locations, see 'Request shore power' on www.walstroomplatform.be. In the framework of the Climate Fund, the waterway administrators NV Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and NV De Scheepvaart will make an additional effort to expand the network further.