Port of Amsterdam – Multi Fuel Port: Spatial Safety

As per our clean shipping vision, in 2050, shipping in the Amsterdam port area will be emission-free. By then, ships in our port do not emit emissions that are at the expense of air quality or contribute to global warming.

This is the reason why we strive to become a Multi Fuel Port, meaning that we must facilitate the safe and efficient bunkering of clean fuels – even of fuels that we do not yet have full knowledge on. In addition, alternative technologies are to be available for ships that do not use clean fuels. In collaboration with our partners, we offer shore power and mobile power with floating batteries. We also prevent emissions due to unnecessary sailing movements and berthing.

There are many aspects to being a Multi Fuel Port. For example, the availability of fuel and infrastructure. A key element is the safety of new marine fuels, such as hydrogen, methanol and ammonia. Current legislation and competition over space for urban and industrial use, demand that ports look far ahead when considering the location, design and implementation of future bunkering infrastructure for ships. The Port of Amsterdam has therefore decided to commission a joint study with DNV to look at expected low carbon fuels of the future and assess the risks in granular detail for each one of them.

The results of the study emphasize important spatial safety considerations when designing zero carbon fuel bunkering infrastructure at city ports. The findings help in better understanding what ports have to do when considering a berth location for new fuels’ bunkering, especially when port terminal infrastructure is predominantly located in the vicinity of urban or business office locations. These findings will allow ports to add spatial safety considerations to the many other parameters needed when considering whether to plan for a bunkering hub. The report will help other ports in their ambition to advance the transition of the maritime industry towards cleaner fuels for decarbonization and air quality improvement.