EMPA is proud to announce that one of our member associations, CVBA Brabo, the Antwerp Harbour Pilots and Boatmen, are making innovation a reality by investing in their first electric workboat.
“We are pleased to see true commitment to sustainability. It is crucial to work towards decarbonisation in order to achieve a sustainable future, as this is one of the greatest tasks of our generation.” says EMPA President Stein Inge Dahn.
Over time, Brabo wants to electrify a large part of the fleet. "Electric motors are perfect for use behind the locks." says Commercial Manager Koen De Groof.
The vessel will be built in Sliedrecht at the Schlieker shipyard. The test runs show that electric propulsion can be a valid alternative for conventional diesel engines. Brabo currently has around forty motor boats. Our colleagues are now looking at the extent in which these can be replaced by electric boats. The exact price tag is not known, but according to De Groof the price difference with a classic motor boat is very small.
“One of the core responsibilities of maritime pilots has always been the protection of the environment and we are aware these initiatives are becoming more and more widespread among pilot organisations across Europe.” adds Stein Inge Dahn.
“This investment fits in nicely with our current efforts to focus on innovation, digitalisation and contributing to a sustainable future for port operations.” says Brabo CEO Ronny Detienne.
(Photo: source: RTV Dordrecht)