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Demonstrating the benefits of shore power

Blog post   •   Jun 07, 2013 10:00 GMT

AMP demo in the sunshine. Photo credit: Heléne Ohsbeck

We recently co-hosted an event at the Port of Ystad in southern Sweden, during which we delivered a seminar on the environmental and economic benefits of shore power.

We hosted the event with ABB, the Port of Ystad, electrical systems specialist Processkontroll Elektriska, technical consultancy Grontmij, Polferries and Unity Line. You can see images from the event on our Facebook page.

Last year, Ystad became the latest in a growing number of Swedish ports to adopt shore power connection. Our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies enable ports and shipping lines to meet growing pressure in terms of legal requirements and public sentiment to reduce ship emissions.

AMP allows ships to switch off their engines and connect to shore side electricity. Doing this reduces fuel consumption and dramatically cuts emissions.

The Ystad installation is made up of four ferry berths used for sailings to the Polish city of Świnoujście. As well as Ystad, the Port of Stockholm, the Port of Gothenburg, the Port of Trelleborg and the Port of Karlskrona all use Cavotec AMP systems.

The first such applications came on line in the ports of Gothenburg and Stockholm in the 1980s. Our shore power systems are also increasingly used at ports on the US west coast, as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East.

AMP is just one way we are helping ports cut emissions. We are also working closely with our customers on other electrification and automation technologies – for example electrically powered cranes and automated mooring – that are reducing environmental impact at ports worldwide.