Gothenburg Port Authority launches shoreside power network

Gothenburg Port Authority launches shoreside network

The Gothenburg Port Authority has launched a new shoreside power system to cut the emissions of ships at port and said vessels will be able to connect within a few weeks.

In a statement, the Port said the network has the potential to cut carbon emission by 50 tonnes a year.

By connecting ships at berth to a shoreside power facility, carbon emissions can be cut substantially, and emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitric oxide can be reduced to a minimum. This solution also offers a quieter port environment and an improved working environment on board.

The busiest quay at the port – Quay 712 at the Ro-Ro Terminal – is currently undergoing final testing of its shoreside power facility.

For shoreside power to work it is not enough to have a landside facility – the ship must also be equipped to use the system.

The shipping company DFDS is investing heavily in adapting its ships to shoreside power and their vessel Flandria Seaways will be the first to connect to the new facility.

Poul Woodall, Senior Advisor Climate & Environment at DFDS, said, “A growing proportion of our ships are being adapted to connect to shoreside power and it will become increasingly important for ports to offer a shoreside power option.

“The Port of Gothenburg has for a long time been at the forefront in this area, and DFDS has taken a positive view of the expansion that is currently taking place.”

The next shoreside power project at the port was initiated last year. This time around it is the Energy Port that is being investigated with an eye to installing a future shoreside power facility.

The project is unique as the Port of Gothenburg would in that case be the first port in the world to have shoreside power for tankers in a hazardous area.

Planning and implementation are scheduled to take place during 2021, with commissioning scheduled for 2022.

The annual reduction in carbon emissions generated by ships connecting to a shoreside power supply is estimated at 2,100 tonnes.

The port hopes to be able to spread the concept to other ports and lay the foundation for a standard for shoreside power within hazardous areas.

Nikol Nielsen Gulis, Head of Project Management at the Gothenburg Port Authority, said, “We are looking forward to moving ahead with this work. What is most satisfying is that we are able to commission yet another facility at the Ro-Ro Terminal following excellent collaboration with DFDS and the terminal operator Gothenburg Roro Terminal,” 

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