In a further sign of the growing interest in the environmental and economic potential of shore-to-ship power, the Nordic region’s largest shore power application was officially opened at the Port of Gothenburg on January 26.
The application, developed by ABB, Cavotec and Processkontroll, provides 60Hz electrical power – rather than the standard 50Hz used for alternating current in Europe. The new unit is designed to power the world’s largest Ro/Pax ferry, the Stena Germanica that serves the Gothenburg – Kiel route twice a week. The 240m-long vessel is due to be joined by her sister ship, the Stena Scandinavica, later in 2011.
The Port of Gothenburg has pioneered the use of shore power, with the first such application introduced there in 1985. Currently, 30 per cent of vessels calling at Gothenburg use shore power, also referred to as ‘cold ironing’ or Onshore Power Supply (OPS). Ultimately, the Port hopes that all vessels calling there will use shore power.
For more information on this application, please see the media release published on the Port of Gothenburg’s website. More images from the event are available on our Facebook.