Shore power is an environmentally friendly and noise-free way to provide electricity to ships while they are berthed. It reduces emissions and therefore helps make ports greener. Numerous connection points are already available for barges and tugboats. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is committed to also providing shore power for the largest container ships by 2028.

Impact on local air quality

Shore power allows ships, when berthed, to turn off their ship's engines and switch to local power. Using shore power reduces emissions (NOx, SOx and particulate matter) from ships, thereby improving local air quality.


Today, shore power is the only technology available for reducing marine emissions from ships and contributing towards improving local air quality and reducing environmental noise

Shore power for barges

There is a uniform shore power system for inland navigation in Flanders. On the website of the Flemish Inland Shipping Services platform you will find an overview of the network of shore-based power facilities in Flanders and you can read how to make use of those facilities.


Port of Antwerp-Bruges and the City of Antwerp offer skippers a large number of connection points to shore power in Antwerp. This network allows bargemasters to use electricity via the shore while the vessels are berthed at the waiting dock. We currently have three shore power sites under our management.

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Where can you find our shore power distribution boxes in Antwerp?

You can find our shore power distribution boxes at the locations listed below:


Waiting dock for barges at the Noordkasteel Dock


  • 9 distribution boxes (max. 40A) for barges at Quay 75
  • 2 distribution boxes (max. 125A) for tankers at Quay 85-87


Layby berths Canal Dock B2


  • 14 distribution boxes with 3 connection points (2 max. 63A + 1 max. 32A) at Quay 780


The shore power locations at the Kattendijk Dock-Oostkaai, the Kattendijk Dock-Westkaai, the Asia Dock and the Willem Dock are managed by the City of Antwerp.

How does it work?

Via Connect4Shore, you can make use of a connection to the shore power network



You can purchase shore power at a rate of €0.27 per kWh.

Support for shore power

The expansion of the shore power installations in Antwerp was made possible with the support of the TEN-T project “Shore Power in Flanders” and of the BENEFIC project, which forms part of the EU's “Connecting Europe Facility”, funded by the European Commission.

Shore power for own fleet

Our own vessels all use shore power when moored in Port of Antwerp-Bruges. This is possible at the NOC (K602), at the Zandvliet and Berendrecht locks, at the Boudewijn and van Cauwelaert locks and at the Kieldrecht lock.


This involves a fleet of 32 vessels, consisting of tugs, dredgers and support vessels, which therefore use 1.5 GWh of shore power annually, thereby preventing 1,500 tons of CO2 and 9 tons of NOx emissions.

Fotoreeks over onze sleepboten gelegen aan de Nautische Operationele cluster of NOC, op K602.


In Zeebrugge, the paper producer Stora Enso and the naval base already supply their ships with shore power. Shore power is also provided at the waiting quay for the tugs of Boluda Towage Europe

Shore power can play a role in the sustainable transition of our port platform. That is why the development of shore power is a strategic priority for the coming years.

Jacques VandermeirenCEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Shore power for container ships by 2028

At the present time, no terminals in Europe yet provide working shore power installations for deep-sea container shipping. Implementing this is complex and there are still various hurdles to overcome. For example, besides a clear regulatory framework, investments are needed that are unrealisable without public support.


What is more, only a limited number of container ships are currently equipped with shore power facilities. Together with the ports of Bremen, Hamburg, Haropa and Rotterdam, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is committed to providing shore power for the largest container ships by 2028.

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