Terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT) has signed a €5m (US$6.2m) contract with Amsterdam-based NV Nuon Energy for the supply of wind-generated electricity for its new Maasvlakte II terminal.
The new deep-water terminal, which is scheduled to receive its first vessel later this month, will be the world’s first with zero emissions on site and off site, the company claimed in a statement.
The terminal’s managing director Frank Tazelaar said: “We are very proud of our technological advances in making this the world’s first zero-emission terminal operation to improve the port environment and set the industry pace in sustainability.”
The terminal was already billed as the world’s first with zero emissions on site, through the electrification of all its quay and yard cranes and a fleet of electric battery-powered Lift-Automatic Guided Vehicles (Lift-AGVs) which will transport containers from quay to yard.
It has also ordered 35 electric e-NV200 vehicles from Nissan, 16 five-seater Evalias and 19 two-seater vans, to transport personnel and staff at the terminal.
NV Nuon Energy is one of the Netherland’s three largest energy companies and is part of Sweden’s Vattenfall A.B., which is wholly-owned by the Swedish government.