Stena Line, one of the largest ferry operators in the world, has upgraded its existing shore-to-ship power connection with ABB’s wireless based communication system at its Dutch terminal in the Hoek of Holland. The innovative solution will facilitate the speed and enhance safety of port operations.
When approaching the harbor, the ship establishes communication with the electrical substation at the port. An innovative onboard remote control system is used to safely operate the cable system, ensuring that the shore-to-ship power system is ready to operate within seconds of its arrival.
The terminal where the installation will be deployed, caters Roll-on/Roll-off ferries, where ships are designed for speed of operations when at port. Wheeled cargo such as cars, trucks, trailers, rail cars can roll directly on or off the ship within minutes of docking. ABB’s latest solution will further enhance efficiency at the Stena Line Ro-Ro terminal in Hoek of Holland.
The shore-to-ship power solution is an asset for both port authorities and ship owners as it helps to reduce emissions in ports by connecting ships to the port electricity grid-enabling them to turn off their diesel engines when berthed. This solution helps to improve air quality and also reduces noise and vibrations in port areas.
“Providing Stena Line with this innovative solution based further supports the deployment of shore-to-ship power technology. This project is an example of our commitment to sustainable transportation and reinforces our position as a partner of choice for a stronger, smarter and greener grid,” said Patrick Fragman, Head of ABB’s Grid Integration business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division.
ABB is a pioneer in shore-to-ship power solutions and smart ports, providing fully integrated systems and a broad range of services. In 2000, ABB delivered the world’s first shore-to-ship power system to the Swedish port of Gothenburg. Today ABB offers a single interface for complete port electrification and grid integration, in line with global l specifications and standards.