Offshore Facility Calandkanaal
Berths in Calandkanaal
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has realised 3 berths in the Calandkanaal. These berths are suitable for transhipment of freight from one sea-going vessel to another without having to berth at a quay.
What is special about the 3 berths constructed by the Port Authority in the Calandkanaal is the autonomous power supply for the capstans, navigation lights and work lighting for the boatmen. Instead of the usual power cables, power at the berths is provided by solar panels and batteries. The advantage of this solution is that no fossil fuels are needed and the power supply does not result in obstacles being present on the sea bed.
The largest semi-submersible heavy lift ships in the world use our offshore facilities. For instance, in 2015, for the first time, the Dockwise Vanquard loaded the Armada Intrepid, a 245-metre vessel. This is the first time a transport of this size has taken place in the Port of Rotterdam. The Xin Guang Hua also entered the port. Here, you can see the Xin Guang Hua ‘float-off’ from the Western Isles production platform.