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Toward zero emission port calls

With an important role to play in reducing the en­vironmental impact of global shipping, shore con­nection has received backing from organisations such as the European Union. For example, EU Rec­ommendation 2006/339/EU promotes the imple­mentation of shoreside electrical facilities, while EU Recommendation 2003/96/EC proposes the subsidisation of shoreside power supply for ships through the cancellation of electricity taxes.

At the same time, discrepancies in frequency be­tween ship and shore are driving demand for more intelligent landside solutions.

ABB’s onshore offering comprises transformers and frequency converters to synchronise shore­side power, voltage and frequency with those of the vessel’s onboard system. Also included are connecting cables and berth terminals with ca­pacity for several ships. The solutions are suitable for container terminals and city harbours, with power ratings to suit even the largest ports.

They cover the entire chain from the substation receiving electricity from the local network to the power outlet at the dock. Furthermore, all major components can be accommodated within com­pact buildings or containers designed to blend into the surrounding environment.

ABB delivered the world’s first shore power sup­ply system to the Swedish port of Gothenburg in 2000. Other ports to have implemented high volt­age shore power supply systems include Karlsk­rona, Gothenburg and Ystad, Sweden; Antwerp and Zeebrugge, Belgium; Rotterdam, The Nether­lands; Lübeck, Germany; Oulu, Finland; Delimara, Malta; Duqm, Oman; Los Angeles and Seattle, United States; Vancouver, Canada; Jurong Singa­pore; and Dalian, China. It is currently engaged in projects to equip the ports of Incheon, South Ko­rea and Tallinn, Estonia with shore power sys­tems.


Shore connection, shoreside, charging and shipside installations



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