Shore-to-ship supply


Ships generate emissions while docked in port by running their auxiliary engines to create onboard electric power. In ports with heavy ship traffic, this practice creates emissions, environmental concerns for the community, and affects worker health.

Many North American cities such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle, Juneau, and Vancouver have already implemented shore-to-ship power. In addition, several European ports have implemented high voltage shore power supply systems (HVSC) including Gothenburg, Bruges and Antwerp. ABB was the first to deliver a complete HVSC to the Port of Gothenburg in 2000. Shore power is especially useful to ships operating on fixed routes and vessels that consume large amounts of power and emit high levels of air pollutants when berthed. Typical vessel types include ferries, cruise ships, LNG carriers, tankers, and container ships.

As a full-scope supplier, ABB offers turnkey shore connections encompassing fully engineered systems, equipment, and services for a complete shore-to-ship solution. ABB prepares a complete integration and control plan so that installation and commissioning cause minimal interruption to ship operations. The onshore solution includes the entire system from the main incoming substation to the power outlet at the berth. The system includes transformers and frequency converters to match the grid power, voltage and frequency to the ship’s onboard power system. ABB`s high-efficiency, low-maintenance frequency converters offer reactive power compensation and voltage control. These features help to reduce energy cost while stabilizing the grid. This solution allows several vessels to be connected simultaneously.

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