IJmuiden considers its OPS options
The Port of IJmuiden has undertaken a feasibility study to look into the technical requirements, cost and funding of installing onshore power (OPS) at the port.
“We already have a form of OPS for smaller support ships and fishing vessels but not for the capacity of large cruise and ferry vessels. The study for ferries is complete and, if it goes ahead, would be at the Felison Terminal,” explains Alexander Coesel of KVSA/Royal United Ship Agencies, the owner of the terminal buildings and operator for cruise and ferry handling.
As far as the cruiseships are concerned, a feasibility study is now taking place into possible installation at the Monnickendamkade with results expected in July.
In 2019 the port had its best cruise season to date, receiving 63 calls. In 2022 MSC Cruises’ winter programme was partly responsible for the 45 calls booked but this year the line has increased the size of its ship to beyond IJmuiden’s capabilities and so is calling Rotterdam instead.
Although 2023 will see a decrease to about 25 calls, next year will be back up again to between 40 and 45.