ABB has been awarded a contract by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to provide a technology solution that will enable power to be supplied from the shore to ships berthing at the Global Container Terminal (GCT) Deltaport.
Vessels will be able to shut down their engines once connected to the high voltage shore connection system, ending the need to use diesel generators.
Energy will come from the electrical grid of Canadian utility, BC Hydro, at a discounted rate to encourage the initiative and reduce polluting substances such as nitrogen and sulphur oxides (NOx and SOx).
The joint commitment by the federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority aims to improve environmental impacts by reducing noise and vibration levels.
Canada’s largest container port, found in Delta, British Columbia, handles trans-Pacific vessels over three berths that total 1,100 metres in length.
Patrick Fragman, head of ABB’s Grid Integration business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division, said: “We are pleased to deploy ABB’s shore-to-ship power technology to support Vancouver’s environmental efforts at Canada’s largest port and busiest container terminal.
“This innovative, energy-efficient solution will not only benefit the port authority and the city but also ship owners and local residents. It reiterates ABB’s focus on creating customer value and lowering environmental impact.”