The Dutch barge operator Port Liner plans to start operating all-electric barges in August this year between Antwerp and an intermodal terminal in South Netherlands. The first five boats will be capable of transporting up to 200 twenty-foot containers.
The concept has been developed with EU funding and additional support from the port of Antwerp. The aim is to operate scheduled services that remove up to “23,000 trucks from the road annually” as well as remove marine emissions and improve transport efficiency.
An important advantage of these new barges is that their batteries will be carried in an exchangeable container on board which will be loaded and unloaded with other freight. This will save time compared with docking for lengthy periods while connected to shore power for recharging.