Cavotec Shore Power Application in Sweden

New shore power unit at Karlskrona Baltic Port

Local Councilor Sofia Bothorp opens the shore power unit at Karlskrona Baltic Port, southern Sweden

Fourth Cavotec Shore Power Application Opens in Sweden

Cavotec’s shore-to-ship power technology has seen further success with the opening of our fourth ‘cold ironing’ application in Sweden – this time at the port of Verkö, in Karlskrona, on the south eastern coast of the country.

The unit at Verkö will supply the Stena Vision passenger ferry with electrical power for the duration of the vessel’s port calls, thus substantially reducing emissions and noise pollution – two issues that have caused concern among local residents.

This application follows the opening of the largest shore power application in the Nordic region at the Port of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden in January.

Vessels require power while docked to run substantial on-board services ranging from lighting, telecommunications and food preparation, to mooring and cargo handling. Currently, the majority of vessels meet these power demands by running their auxiliary engines that emit pollutants into port areas.

The opening of the application attracted widespread interest in Swedish media, with Swedish regional television, Swedish radio and the local Sydöstran newspaper all covering the event. Click on the respective links in the previous sentence to read and hear the reports – although please note that all this material is in Swedish.

Cavotec shore power unit at Karlskrona Baltic Port

Cavotec shore power unit at Karlskrona Baltic Port

Cavotec Partners

Working with partners in the industry, Cavotec has developed shore power technologies at ports across Northern Europe, such as Gothenburg, and in Canada and the US.
See the following links for further information:

Shore Power Live at the Port of Gothenburg

The Port of Los Angeles – Greening and Growing

Shore Power Section of the Cavotec website

60Hz Shore Power Live at the Port of Gothenburg

Representatives from Stena Line, ABB and the Port of Gothenburg at the official opening of the 60Hz shore power application

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.

Representatives from eight ports across northern Europe attended the event hosted by ABBStena Line and the Port of Gothenburg.

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.

Stena Germanica at the Port of Gothenburg, January 26, 2011