Canadian ports are employing shore side electrical power for ships in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Shore power technologies, also known as cold ironing and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), enable ships to connect to electric generators within a port, thus meaning they can switch off their diesel generators.
Terminals in Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver, have made a number of shore power technology purchases from Cavotec which will be installed in 2018.
DP World’s Centerm container terminal has purchased three shore power pit covers and three shore power outlet (SPO) boxes, while Canada’s largest terminal, Global Container Terminals’ Deltaport, has ordered two shore power pit boxes and two SPO boxes.
The effect of such technology has been heralded by Montreal Port Authority (MPA), which has reported that it hopes to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 2,800 tonnes a year.
Cavotec provided a mobile shore power cable management system, AMPMobile, to MPA, which has used it to connect a major cruise ship to electrical power since August.
Cavotec supplied the first AMP system around 30 years ago, and since then has continued to produce shore side technologies such as the APMTrailer and APMCaddy-B, which provide connection extensions for ports if a vessel is not moored close enough to shore power pits.