Shore power facility for offshore ships goes on line

Along with Schneider Electric and the Port of Bergen, we recently hosted the opening of what is believed to be the world’s first shore power facility for offshore supply vessels.

The Skandi Vega connects to shore power at the Port of Bergen.

Luciano Corbetta, Sales Director for our Ports & Maritime unit, also joined other industry experts, environmental organisations as well as local and global media for a series of seminars and in-depth case studies.

During the opening ceremony, which saw the Skandi Vega connected to the Norwegian power grid, local officials announced NOK 2.5 million in increased funding for the introduction of shore power at the port. Earlier, Inge Tangeras, CEO of the Port of Bergen, told delegates: “The future is electric.”

Shore power – also known as Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), cold ironing, and High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) – is the process of connecting ships in port to land-generated electrical power. This allows ships’ crews to switch off vessels’ diesel-fired engines, thereby reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.

 

 


Cavotec co-hosts shore power event in Bergen

Cavotec co-hosts shore power event in Bergen

Cavotec, Schneider Electric and the Port of Bergen are hosting a major event on shore power next week which will gather leading experts to discuss how the technology is playing an increasingly important role in reducing emissions at the world’s ports.

On Tuesday, June 16 delegates will gather in Bergen to consider key aspects of global shipping’s use of shore power, including the latest developments in shore power technologies, how changes in regulatory frameworks are affecting the application of shore power, and the challenges that exist for its wider use.

Cavotec’s Luciano Corbetta, Sales Director for our Ports & Maritime unit, will join other industry experts, environmental organisations and local and global media for a series of seminars and in-depth case studies.

Shore power – also known as Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), cold ironing, and High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) – is the process of connecting ships in port to land-generated electrical power. This allows vessels’ diesel-fired engines to be switched off, thereby reducing emissions in ports and surrounding communities.

We will also be hosting a port visit during which attendees will see Bergen’s shore power installation at first hand. Furthermore, the event promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and network with fellow ports and shore power professionals.

Cavotec is a leading supplier of innovative shore power technologies. Our AMP systems are in use at a large number of low and medium voltage ship- and port-based applications worldwide.


Luciano Corbetta to present at Shoreside Power Conference

Cavotec’s Luciano Corbetta to present at Shoreside Power Conference

Luciano Corbetta, Cavotec Group Market Unit Manager Port & Maritime, is a guest speaker at this year’s Shoreside Power Conference, to be held on April 26 at Marittima Terminal 103 in Venice.

In association with Venezia Terminal Passeggeri and Ashcroft & Associates the European Cruise Council (ECC) has invited guest speakers from a variety of fields to share their insights about shore-to-ship power with port officials from around the world. The event is co-sponsored by ABB and the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports.

In addition to ECC members, equipment suppliers and representatives of the European Commission, there will be guests speakers from engineering group ABB, Copenhagen Malmö Port, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruise, MSC Cruises, Port Metro Vancouver, Cochran Marine, Venice Port Authority, T&D Europe, ENEL Green Power and Stena Line.

The main issues to be discussed include harmonising voltages and frequencies and the role of local authorities and the European Commission.

Cavotec’s Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) systems are fitted either onboard ships, or, as in the case of several cruise ship applications, on quaysides,” explains Corbetta.

“We offer a variety of shore to ship power systems that are adapted to meet the specific requirements of ports and shipping lines. Our systems are already in operation at ports across Northern Europe, Canada and the US.”

Concern over air quality in harbours has led to growing pressure on port operators to reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions. Cavotec AMP systems enable ships to turn off their engines when in port, and connect to shore-side electricity, thus helping to improve air quality in ports and surrounding communities.