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First World Ports Climate Action Program conference

The Port of Rotterdam will host the first conference by the World Ports Climate Action Program in May 2020

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First World Ports Climate Action Program conference

The WPCAP currently has 11 members from European and American ports - Antwerp, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Le Havre, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver (BC), New York/New Jersey and Rotterdam.


The project’s initiator and current chair, the Port of Rotterdam will host the event, the first major appearance since the organisation was set up in September 2018.


The launch event will take stock of what has been achieved so far, and to share the results with other interested port operators and port authorities, the shipping industry, government bodies, etc. Next steps will also be agreed.

LNG-powered dredger WERKENDAM has been long-term chartered by launch customer Port of Rotterdam
LNG-powered dredger WERKENDAM has been long-term chartered by launch customer Port of Rotterdam

The measures that WPCAP’s five working groups are addressing include:

  • Increasing the efficiency of handling ships in ports.
  • Making cargo handling climate neutral.
  • Providing shore feeding of electricity.
  • Alternative fuels.

The affiliated ports expect to achieve better results by sharing knowledge, by jointly developing projects and by seeking the involvement of the shipping industry, rather than when ports "go it alone."


Announcing the event, the Port of Rotterdam reiterated its ambition to be the global forerunner in energy transition, encompassing the petrochemical and other port-based industries and shipping/logistics. Local projects being prepared in the Rotterdam port and industry complex aim to reduce CO2 emissions to the tune of about 25% of the entire Dutch CO2 reduction that the Netherlands is aiming for by 2030, although this does not yet include stopping coal-fired electricity generation.

The Calandkanaal accommodates much of Rotterdam’s petrochemical and tank storage complex
The Calandkanaal accommodates much of Rotterdam’s petrochemical and tank storage complex

The port claims to be the first to have supplied bio fuel to container ships. In addition to providing €5M to support shipping greening initiatives, Rotterdam offers harbour dues rebates to clean ships and promotes the use of LNG.


Whereas the Maasvlakte-based container terminals have electrified nearly all equipment, all public inland shipping berths in Rotterdam offer cold-ironing. Later this year, various systems to offer cold-ironing in the marine terminals will be tested. A big cold-ironing project is being prepared for the Calandkanaal, the Europort navigation basin, which also features board-board oil transhipment and long stay offshore rig repairs.


Meanwhile, the port authority’s commercial PRONTO software is designed to curb emissions by reducing the duration of a ship’s port stay.


All pictures shown here are from the port authority.

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