Port of Oakland Amps Up Shore Power

 16 Aug 2017 10.40am

California’s Oakland Port has commissioned a new, 200-foot cable-on-reel system for use by vessels berthing at Oakland International Container Terminal. 

It’s latest shore power system bolsters prior efforts to comply with regulations adopted by California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Installing a shore power system helps port tenants and customers to meet the challenge of complying with CARB regulations.

Port of Oakland has had an emissions reduction program since 2009 and in 2013 completed a shore side power project with an estimated project cost of around US$60 million.

Now the port has ordered a $230,000 high-voltage cable system that will connect more vessels to Oakland’s landside power grid.

A 200-foot cable-on-reel system features a 10-foot-tall reel, and will be affixed to a trailer to connect to ships that can’t closely align with landside electrical vaults at berth.

A mobile platform can be deployed alongside any vessel, connecting ships to one of the marine terminal’s 18 shore power electrical vaults.

Oakland Port said its engineers have overseen two successful trials of the mobile cable system, and it expects the technology to be deployed full-time by autumn.

Shore power is one of a series of steps employed to reduce ship emissions in Oakland.

Other measures include converting ships to cleaner-burning low-sulfur fuel when they near the California coast, moving ships quickly in-and-out of port so they’re not sent to anchor in San Francisco Bay, and consolidating cargo on fewer but larger ships to reduce the number of vessel calls.

Chris Chan, the Port’s Director of Engineering said: “This is a way to build on our success and extend our reach. We’re continually working to reduce emissions.”

Technical Paper: A World First: Combined Automated Mooring and Shore Power 

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