Port of Gothenburg wins award for improving air quality

Port of Gothenburg wins award for work improving air quality #cavotec #ports #emissions

The Port of Gothenburg has been awarded one of the prestigious Energy Globe Awards 2011 for its work on shoreside power connection for ships. According to the Port, around one third of all vessels calling at Gothenburg now connect to shore side power, also known as ‘cold ironing’ and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP). The award and prize money of EUR 10,000 was presented at a ceremony in Austria on Friday, November 25.

Established in 1999, the Energy Globe World Awards seek to promote the use of clean, renewable energy sources. Awards are given in five categories: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. Winners are selected by a panel of experts drawn from the UN, the World Bank and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

Ships need power while berthed to run on-board services ranging from lighting, telecommunications and food preparation, to mooring and cargo handling. AMP enables vessels to switch off their engines while in port and connect to electrical power supply. This reduces diesel emissions in ports thus improving air quality in and around ports. Electrical power at the Port of Gothenburg is provided by wind turbines thus reducing the Port’s environmental footprint to a minimum.

Working with partners in the industry, Cavotec has developed shore power technologies at ports across Northern Europe and in Canada and the US, such as the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

Susann Dutt, Sustainability Manager at the Port of Gothenburg, attributed the Port’s success with shore power to close cooperation with customers.

She added: “Hopefully, the attention this [] will contribute to more ports and shipping companies investing in shoreside power supply.”

The Port of Gothenburg has released a video showing Dutt receiving the award of behalf of the Port. The second part of this film includes footage of the newest cable system at the Port that supplies Stena Line ferries with electrical power – a cable system developed by Cavotec, global engineering group ABB and other local partners.

You can read a statement on the award released by the Port of Gothenburg here.


Cavotec’s plug-in for improving air quality


Concern over air quality in ports has led to growing calls on the industry to reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions. Alternative Maritime Power, AMP™, or ‘cold ironing’, allows ships to turn off their engines when in port, and plug into shore-side electricity supply, thus helping to improve air quality in ports and surrounding communities.

Cavotec’s AMP systems can be fitted on ships, or, space permitting, on quaysides. Click on the above image to see a recent film – on Cavotec’s YouTube Film Channel – of a ship connecting to a Cavotec AMP™ system.

Vessels in port require electrical power to run their onboard systems such as heating, lighting, refrigerating containers and cargo handling. During a single port call, a 7,000 TEU container ship can emit sulphur oxide equivalent to 30,000 cars. While electricity produced by power stations and used by ships in port has 35 times less nitrate oxide and 25 times less particle matter compared to the heavy fuel normally used by ships when docked.

Interest in AMP™ continues to grow: there are currently some 200 operational AMP™ systems on ships, while the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Vancouver, Seattle, Antwerp, Goteborg, Stockholm and several others across northern Europe use the technology.

German airports put buzz into air quality

Always on the look-out for novel approaches to doing things, we are rather drawn to Düsseldorf International’s – and seven other German airports’ – use of bees to monitor air quality, as recently reported in the New York Times.

Experts analyse samples from honey made by bees at hives around the airports twice a year. According to the Association of German Airports, the bee programme is not intended in to substitute conventional monitoring techniques, but maintains the initiative is readily understood by the public.

Samples taken from honey made by some 200,000 bees in June suggest air quality at the airports are well below official limits, in line with results reported ever since the scheme was first established in 2006. Local beekeepers tend these buzzing environmental watchdogs and give away the honey under the ‘Düsseldorf Natural’ label.

Düsseldorf International is no stranger to smart applications, as it uses a range of Cavotec ground support equipment (GSE), including three hangar-based pop-up pits to service aircraft. Our GSE equipment is designed to help operators make airports run more efficiently and thereby, become more sustainable. Work those busy bees might just bee keeping tabs on.