Ocean carriers Hapag-Lloyd and HHLA have collaborated with Becker Marine Systems to test alternative power supply at the Port of Hamburg.
In order to improve air quality at the port, the newly developed technology will allow large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and instead draw the power they require from a mobile generator.
Becker Marine Systems built the prototype generator to service vessels at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), including some of Hapag-Lloyd’s 20,000 TEU megaships.
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Developed in partnership with Becker’s subsidiary Hybrid Port Energy (HPE), the Becker LNG PowerPac is a compact system the size of two 40-foot containers, and comprises a gas-powered generator and an LNG tank.
As soon as a container ship docks, a container gantry crane lifts the mobile 1.5-megawatt power generator from the quay into position at the stern of the ship.
Once there, it is connected to the ship’s power system and can supply the electricity needed for on-board operations while the ship is docked, eliminating the need for harmful emissions like sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrous oxides that would normally be generated.
Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director at Becker Marine Systems, said: “We can safely say that the pilot phase was a complete success, and we thank our partners for the great teamwork.
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“The Becker LNG PowerPac represents a straightforward solution for the reduction of harmful emissions in the port and has the potential to be implemented internationally.
“We are in conversation with a variety of European and Chinese ports, and we are confident that the Becker LNG PowerPac can be successful on the market.”
Jens Hansen, HHLA Executive Board Member, also commented: “We are delighted to add our experience and expertise to this important pilot project for the Port of Hamburg.
“From what we can see, the tests have been very successful so far. PowerPac handling might well be integrated into our terminal processes.”