Multiple vessel operators to rely on shore power to reduce their CO2 footprint.

by Apr 1, 2022

Shore Power on vessels have been gaining traction since the last 3 years as more ports around the world adopt the technology on their berths. The first of such company is a leading ro-ro and ropax operator “Finnlines” that has awarded a contract to equip three of its vessels with onboard shore power to Yara Marine. These installations are scheduled for completion in 2022, and will help Finnlines to eliminate shipboard emissions in port and thus reducing its environmental footprint. These vessels will be mainly doing roundtrips to ports on the Baltic and North Seas which already have numerous ports with shore power systems installed and in operation.
In another development, five major cruise companies will commit to using shore power on all cruises in the Baltic Sea from 2024 at the Sustainable Cruising conference which will be held in Copenhagen, on 5 April. The companies involved in this commitment are Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group, MSC Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Ponant.
Moreover a Swedish shipping company ” Erik Thun Group” has ordered a 17,999 dwt tanker vessel will be built by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Yangzhou to be equipped with a dual fuel engine which will be fueled by LNG and will have a hybrid battery solution as well. This vessel is part of a larger order of 9 sister ships that have already either been commissioned or are being bult by the shipbuilder in China. All these vessels are also equipped with shore power capability as well and are compatible with a 6.6kV high voltage connection on the port side. With all these measures the group calculates a 55% reduction in GHG emissions when operating these eco-friendly vessels.
The past month has seen a flurry of news from multiple shipping companies to commit to reducing GHG emissions coming from their fleets and most of them have now started to feel confident on shore power as a reliable solution to achieve their goals. It seems that the national and Regional programs like EU Fit for 55 program, CARB’s At-Berth program and others have started to bring tangible results in the shore power industry. Shore power projects for ports were already being realized for a couple of years but now it looks that shipping companies have also joined the action.

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