Shore power technology cutting emissions

Cavotec AMPMobile The Cavotec AMPMobile unit at Montreal's cruise terminal
Industry Database

Shore power systems are helping Canadian ports make substantial reductions in cruise and container ship emissions.

Cavotec supplied a mobile shore power cable management system, AMPMobile, that has been used to connect a major cruise ship to electrical power since August this year.

The unit is towed into position as required, and aims to connects ships to shore power quickly and safely.

MPA-assisted project

The company worked with Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to implement the technology, with the MPA recently reporting that its shore power initiatives are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 2,800 tonnes a year.

Shore power technologies, also known as cold ironing and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), enable the connection of ships in port to connect to shore side electricity to power on board services.

This enables ships’ diesel generators to be switched off, thereby reducing noise and harmful emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen, sulphur, and carbon oxides.

LA pilot

AMPMobile first entered service at the Port of Los Angeles in 2011, with six further units now in service in Californian, Chinese, and European ports.

At DP World’s Centerm container terminal, Cavotec has delivered three shore power pit covers and three shore power outlet (SPO) boxes. These will be installed in the first half of 2018.

Similarly, at Global Container Terminals’ Deltaport, Cavotec has sold two shore power pit covers and two SPO boxes, which will be commissioned in spring 2018.


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