Monday, May 17, 2021

Another Harbour Weighs in to Clean Emissions Through Electrification

Ferry and Passenger Ports Are First to Demand Cleaner Air
Shipping News Feature

MALTA – Cavotech SA, a Swiss headquartered company specialising in decarbonising ports and other industrial sites, has been awarded a contract by Nidec ASI as part of a €12 million deal to provide shore power to five cruise liner berths at Malta's Valletta Grand Harbour. The project is part of a major EU funded initiative by Infrastructure Malta to electrify the entire harbour and reduce harmful portside ship emissions by 90%.

Valetta, in common with many such facilities handling ferry and liner transport, has committed to eliminate virtually all sources of pollution and Cavotech says the installation of its ShorePower solutions will almost entirely obviate the harmful emissions produced by fuel or oil-powered ship engines. Moreover the sleek new design of the units is intended to blend in aesthetically with their surroundings, providing the perfect complement to the historic surroundings of Valletta Harbour.

The ShorePower solution to be deployed has been designed to meet the specific requirements of the Valletta Port and connect vessels over their entire port length. It includes an innovative mobile cable management system, PowerMove, to provide ship-to-shore connectivity. These units are connected to the island’s energy infrastructure to power vessels while in port.

Four of the PowerMove units are designed to travel 45 metres along a vessel’s berth, from the shore socket box to the vessel connection point. The fifth will extend a record length, spanning more than 55 metres, to meet the specific requirements of the Deep Water Quay.

A remote-controlled telescopic arm adjusts to match the tide changes and the location of the power connections on cruise ships. The PowerMove units can provide power to cruise vessels independently of their electrical requirement: 6.6 KV or 11Kv, in 50Hz or 60Hz. In doing so, the units meet the variety of cruise ship configurations that utilise the port facilities. Mikael Norin, Cavotec CEO said:

“Our ShorePower technology provides the perfect clean air alternative needed for historic ports such as Valletta. With almost a million ship-bound tourists arriving every year, it is vital that the city can provide an environment they can enjoy.

“ShorePower provides clean energy to cruise liners within minutes of their arrival. This deployment could be the blueprint for many historic port cities around Europe. Cities such as Venice, Lisbon, and Malta all rely on a large proportion of sea-borne tourism traffic. We hope this contract will be the first of many as it proves how effective our solutions can be.”

Photo: A Cavotech Power Move Unit.