In recent years, awareness of environmental impact has become an increasingly real and important issue for port and shipping line operators alike. The industry will increasingly be subject to regulations where vessels will no longer be allowed to use diesel-powered on-board generators to generate electricity during their stay in port.

Commonly known as Shore Power Supply or Cold Ironing, providing electrical power from the grid to ships is a very effective method of reducing ships’ emissions at port.

Royal HaskoningDHV offers an industry-leading Cold Ironing service, advising port operators and shipping lines on how best to connect ships to the public power grid from the landside during their stay.

Leading by experience

Royal HaskoningDHV’s scope in Cold Ironing is two-fold:

  • Studies – we offer recommendations in the concept phase of a Cold Ironing solution, as well as advising on the economic feasibility of getting the system up and running. It’s vital that a port analyses the benefits of cold ironing against the initial investment costs. Our experts can analyse the traffic to your port, quantify the benefits of reducing emissions, and recommend how you can ensure you are best equipped to implement cold ironing
  • Technical support – once the initial studies are completed, Royal HaskoningDHV can also provide technical support on the ground throughout the design, tender and construction phases, given our wealth of experience as maritime engineers

Our team has 12 years’ experience in Cold Ironing, which started in 2005 with the implementation of 120 connection points for barges at the Port of Rotterdam. To date, our team has worked with over 20 clients and has implemented approximately 1,000 connection points around the world.

A full-service package

Cold Ironing is a significant consideration for ports and ship operators alike. Preparing for more strict environmental regulations and incoming legislation is essential to continue operating across the globe, alongside the need to reduce noise pollution and CO₂ emissions.

Implementing Cold Ironing solutions lessens the environmental impact on areas surrounding ports, particularly in densely populated areas. The Ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam are great examples where cold ironing has been successfully implemented, considering their close proximity to the city centres.

There are three main considerations which we take into account when implementing a Cold Ironing service:

  • Technical – what type and how many connections does your port need? How can we provide the required power?
  • Economic – what are the financial benefits or impacts of investment in Cold Ironing?
  • Environmental – can we quantify the benefits of Cold Ironing to your specific geographical situation?

Royal HaskoningDHV offers a complete, full-service package and can provide services ranging from the initial study right through to the construction of your Cold Ironing solution.