A major milestone for the provision of Shore Power to tankers

by Jun 10, 2022

The Gothenburg Port Authority has developed a new concept for providing shoreside power for tankers berthed at the Energy Terminal as part of a plan to make the system safe, ecologically sustainable, and cost-effective. The port has collaborated with Donsö-based shipping companies (Furutank, Donsötank, Tärntank, Ektank and Veritas Tanker), national and European ports, classification organizations, local oil companies, and the Swedish Transport Agency to establish a new global standard for shoreside electricity for tankers berthed in dangerous areas.
According to the port officials, the most difficult task is ensuring that future tankers are equipped with shoreside power connectors that meet a single standard that applies to all ports. The most pressing issue is when the vessel is berthed at an energy terminal, there is always the potential of an explosion because the combustible and flammable products being pumped could easily be ignited by a spark from the electrical equipment.
Furutank, Donsötank, Tärntank, Ektank, and Veritas Tanker, all based in Donsö, as well as Tarbit Tanker on the island of Tjörn, are all involved in the project. They’ve already placed orders for vessels with the new power plants to be installed. The first vessels that were prepared for shoreside power connection were delivered in February 2022 and the port aims to commission the Shore Power system at their energy terminal in 2024.
Well this is certainly a new milestone in the shore power industry it will come with its own challenges both technical and commercial in nature. Tankers tend to be free moving vessels that make port calls whenever they are contacted to supply their precious payload. Tankers may not visit the same port again for months due to their flexible schedules. To make shore power a viable solution for tankers, shipping companies would have to dedicate specific shore power capable vessels to specific ports and bring in rigid point to point schedules in order for them to successfully utilize what shore power has to offer them. The same issue is being raised by the Californian ports against the new CARB amendments that is making Shore Power for tankers compulsory from 2025.

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