Shore-to-ship power units cut emissions for Ireland’s Atlantic fishing fleet

Shore-to-ship power units cut emissions for Ireland’s Atlantic fishing fleet

ABB’s future-proof power converters at Killybegs Harbour are saving 96,000 litres of diesel and 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

ABB’s PCS100 Static Frequency Converter (SFC) shore-to-ship power units have been installed by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide grid power for fishing boats at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre in Donegal, North West Ireland. Ireland’s first converters have been installed to boost sustainability at 12 berths. The project was part supported by the Irish government and the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) as part of the EMFF Operational Programme for 2014-2020.

Killybegs is one of around 100 ports in Northern Europe where pelagic fish such as herring and mackerel can be landed and has a local fleet of around 25 large trawlers. When trawlers are in port, they rely on 70 kVA diesel deck generators to power loads such as lighting, heating and electronic navigation and control equipment in the wheelhouse, as well as pre-heaters for starting the main engines.

With the new power converters in place, skippers can now power down their deck generators, saving 96,000 litres of diesel and reducing the harbour’s annual CO2 emissions by 2,000 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to removing nearly 500 cars from the road. The installation has also improved the harbour by cutting noise emissions and reducing fire risk and maintenance requirements for trawlers.

The converters will future-proof the harbour by complying with tightening legislation that is being introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as it works toward its target of reducing emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 2008.

Russell Wood, UK Product Marketing Director for Smart Power said: “Killybegs is one of hundreds of fishing harbours and commercial ports that can use ABB’s shore-to-ship power converters to reduce emissions by enabling vessels to switch off their diesel engines and draw cleaner and more sustainable power from the grid.”

Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre is Ireland’s premier fishing port and one of the safest and most sheltered deep-water harbours on the Irish coast. Its fishing industry provides around 800 of the 1200 jobs in the local economy. The harbour also attracts visiting trawlers from as far afield as Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, and visiting boats can also request connection to the new power supplies.

While the converters have been installed to reduce emissions, they also provide skippers with the greater convenience, safety and reliability of a shore-side power supply. They also reduce the need for weekly servicing of deck generators.

The converters draw power from the standard 400-volt (V) utility grid and are housed in a dedicated indoor plant room along with switchgear and safety systems. Trawlers connect via industrial sockets on the quayside, with access to power being controlled by the harbour master. Each converter provides remote monitoring for metering and can be isolated and switched individually between 50 and 60 Hz for flexibility.

Learn more about PCS100 shore-to-ship converters at

For more information please contact:

David Watton

Marketing and Communications Manager

ABB – Electrification

T: +44 (0)7880 557171


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