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.
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.