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Maritime Industry Urged To Plug In To Shore Power

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

27 November 2014


Shipping companies and port operators have been urged to put systems in place to provide shore-based electrical power to ships while they are in port, as global environmental and emissions regulations tighten.

Connecting to shore-based electrical systems, a practice commonly known within the maritime industry as "cold ironing," enables core processes to continue running on ships when docked, allowing auxiliary diesel engines and generators to be shut down. Plugging-in to a shore-based power source provides two major benefits: reduction in emissions from idling ship engines and fuel savings for shipping companies.

Schneider Electric, a Europe-based firm specializing in electricity distribution, automation management, and energy management components, has calculated that a cruise liner could save around GBP319,000 per year by using a shore connection, as compared with running onboard generators at berth.

By the end of 2025, it will be mandatory for European ports to implement shore connection systems. Nevertheless, very few ports in Europe have the facilities in place to provide shore-based power, and few vessel owners have made alternations to their craft to use the service. It is thought that port operators and shipping companies are reluctant to invest in this technology until its adoption becomes a trend.

Schneider Electric has taken a key role in highlighting this issue and has developed ShoreBoX, a "plug and play" system adaptable to different power demands and electrical frequencies, which it highlighted at a November 25 seminar in London.

European ports and vessel operators trading between European ports can obtain significant funding for shore power implementation through the European Commission's TEN-T transport infrastructure policy and various national funds.

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