But we can change this. We have the technology today that can be retrofitted to existing ships to reduce harmful emissions. We also have the technology to upgrade our ports to reduce pollution. All it takes is us deciding to take charge of how we operate and to invest in the future of our planet.
Shore Power is one of those technologies that can reduce emissions by more than 90% when ships are moored at berth.
Every day, more and more ports are seeing the benefits of reducing pollution and improving the environment for the communities they serve.
If you are one of those ports, here are five practical steps to take charge of your environmental footprint.
Designing a Shore Power infrastructure requires an analysis of vessel and traffic flows throughout a port. Port owners need to calculate how regular the shipping traffic is; which vessels are ready for utilising a shore power infrastructure; how much time vessels spend at berth; and which berths are the closest to highly populated areas. Those that are nearest population centres have the highest value in reducing emissions and noise.
There are also operational constraints to take into consideration. Ports need to consider the location of onboard connection points and onshore facilities. Space is also a consideration to bear in mind, especially for busy container terminals where cranes operate along the berths. There are also safety requirements to bear in mind, especially for public access points, where equipment needs to be secure and clear of hazards.
When designing the electric infrastructure for Shore Power, we need to understand the vessels expected power needs and the port’s electrical characteristics to design the best electrical architecture. That includes the frequency, power availability, and existing electrical distribution set-up.
Environmental pollution should not consider just emissions or noise levels. We also need to examine how the equipment looks and affects the surroundings, especially when it interacts with passengers and members of the public. It is important for technology to be aesthetically pleasing to blend in with the environment as much as possible.
A port sustainability roadmap should give as much thought to other technologies that could give both existing and new terminals a smaller environmental footprint.
This includes integrated automated mooring and Shore Power systems and even fully automated charging for e-vessels.
Find a company that will be a partner through the whole shore power project, from design to installation and even operation.
The right partner needs to have a deep understanding of shore power applications and with knowledge of the standards, the stakes, and the challenges with complex infrastructure projects. Find a company with the right references and best practices.
Let’s Take Charge of our future, today!
Shore Power from Cavotec.
Cavotec is a leading cleantech company that designs and delivers connection and electrification solutions to enable the decarbonization of ports and industrial applications worldwide. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, our systems ensure safe, efficient and sustainable operations for a wide variety of customers and applications worldwide. Learn more at cavotec.com.