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Amsterdam’s canal boats to drastically change course…

The municipality of Amsterdam has passed legislation requiring all boats on its canals to...

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Amsterdam’s canal boats to drastically change course…

10th October 2018

News : Commercial

The municipality of Amsterdam has passed legislation requiring all boats on its canals to switch from diesel to electric power by 2025.

It is estimated that the cost of retrofitting each boat will be somewhere between 165,000 and 200,000 euros and one boat will take approximately 3 months to complete. Many boat owners are concerned about the impact that the cost of switching will have on their businesses.

In response to concerns, the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate has said that the new engines will be “quieter, cleaner and cheaper to run”, meaning that the boat owners should recoup their costs in approximately 12 years. A firm that specialises in converting boats from diesel to electric power, E-Ship, has also pointed out that the increased technology on the electric batteries will allow boat owners to constantly monitor the health and performance of their vessels, which should yield additional long-term savings.

Whilst no one doubts the importance of reducing carbon emissions and creating sustainable transport solutions, it is vital that the businesses tasked with leading the change are able to stay afloat whilst doing so.

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