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EU mandates onshore power supply

08/01/2015 The European Union approved Directive 2014/94/EU on the Deployment of Alternative Fuel Infrastructures late 2014. This Directive obliges Member States to implement activities that improve environmental performance such as the provision of shore-side power technology. Click here for more information.

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Sweden allowed to continu OPS tax cuts

20/11/2014 The European Union continues to authorize Sweden to apply electricity tax cuts for the use of onshore generated electricity onboard of a ship. The already existing 98% tax cut will be continued for a period of six years, until 2020.

Sweden sought the authorisation to continue application of a reduced rate of electricity tax to shore-side electricity, pursuant to Article 19 of Directive 2003/96/EC.

The European Union acknowledges that the use of shore-side electricity contributes to an improvement of local air quality in port cities. Under the specific conditions of the electricity generation structure in the region Scandinavia, the use of electricity from the onshore grid instead of electricity generated by burning bunker fuels on board is also expected to reduce CO2 emissions. The measure is therefore expected to contribute to the environmental, health and climate policy objectives of the Union.

The EU says that the tax cut goes not beyond what is necessary to increase the use of shore-side electricity, since on-board generation will remain the more competitive alternative in most cases. Since the current market penetration of the technology is limited, the measure is unlikely to lead to significant distortions in competition.

Click here for the EU Decision. 

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Hamburg to suppy OPS to cruise ships

17/10/2014 Hamburg Port Authority has commissioned Siemens to supply a turnkey onshore power supply system at cruise terminal Altona. The system, to be built and installed by July 2015, will be able to supply electricity to cruise ships of all common sizes, regardless of the design of the ship's electrical system, while they are in port.

The system will have a capacity of 12 megavolt amperes (MVA), and it will work with a patented, mobile robot arm designed specifically for the tidal range. Frequency converters will adjust the frequency of the harbour's local distribution grid to match the ship's electrical system. The system is self-propelled and can be automatically operated from the ship as needed, so that no additional specialists are needed on shore. The cable management system will be stored in a flood-protected garage when not in operation, ensuring that visitors have public access to the dock. Siemens says that telescoping cranes, trucks and buses can drive over the dock operating area with no restrictions during the lay days.

The costs of the shore power facility at the cruise terminal Altona are 11 million Euro. The largest part of the financing will come from the City of Hamburg. The rest from the EU (Funding - 3.5 million Euro).

The number of cruise liners calling at the port of Hambrug has increased significantly over the last years to half a million passenger and 177 calls. Since cruise ships at berth have significant power requirements, need to reduce the emissions of these ships that require significant power has become more clear over the last years. Citizens live close to the cruise terminal.

Hamburg is also developing infrastructure at the HafenCity Cruise Terminal to facilitate the supply of electricity to cruise ships via private power barges.  

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The updated OPS website presented in Vigo

12/07/2013 The updated version of the OPS website was presented by Susann Dutt at the Green Energy Ports Conference in Vigo, Spain on July 11-12. The presentation can be downloaded here.


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Join us on LinkedIn!

08/07/2013 In June 2013 the LinkedIn group Onshore Power Supply was started. This group is linked to the Onshore Power Supply project within World Ports Climate Initiative and the Onshore Power Supply website. The idea is to offer a platform for all companies and organizations who would like to share knowledge, experience and best practice regarding Onshore Power Supply - OPS - as a technology to reduce emissions and noise from commercial vessels in ports. The working group welcome everyone interested in the technology to join the group!

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Update of OPS website

23/06/2013 The OPS website developed by WPCI has been online since spring 2010 and has been updated in spring 2013. The updated version of the website will be presented by Susann Dutt at the Green Energy Ports Conference in Vigo, Spain on July 11-12.

The WPCI OPS working group would like to express its gratitude to all the organizations for providing information and comments for the update of this website.

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Port of LA will invest $96 million in OPS

14/06/2013 The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has adopted a budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 of approximately $1.1 billion for the Port of Los Angeles. It includes an annual Capital Improvement Program of around $399.9 million. The budget earmarks almost $96 million for the installation of OPS installations at container terminals including APMT, APL, Evergreen, Yang Ming and China Shipping.

Besides container terminals, the port of LA already plans to prepare all 13 international cargo terminals at the port and the neighbouring port of Long Beach for OPS activities by the end of 2013.

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ECC Port to Ship Power Conference …

17/04/2012 Does the commercial argument for shoreside power stack up for European ports? Are there common standards for ports in Europe?

There has been a flurry of activity in recent months regarding the provision of shoreside power in ports for use by cruise ships. The European Cruise Council (ECC) Shoreside Power Conference in Venice on 26 April 2012 brings together all the relevant stakeholders in one place to ensure that European ports are all working to a common standard. Attendees can also listen to the important commercial arguments that will help shape future thinking and decision making among the port community. Bert Swets of Disney Cruise Line will chair the one day conference and Robert Ashdown of the ECC will deliver the opening speech to set the scene.

The opening session will begin with a case study presented by Princess Cruises and the Port of Vancouver on their experiences in operating shore-side power on the west coast of North America. Princess was the first company to utilise this facility at west coast ports during 2001. Peter Xotta from Port Metro Vancouver will present the port's perspective - regarding the original installation and what has happened since.

European ports have not yet invested in shoreside power for use by cruise ships although increasing numbers have made the investment for ferries. Bent Olof Jansson of Copenhagen Malmö Port will speak about the research and assessments they have made in evaluating the cost and effectiveness of installing shore side power for use by cruise ships. Francesco Balbi of MSC Cruises will discuss the attitude of ECC member lines to the installation of shore-side power at European ports.

Technical presentations come from Luciano Corbetta of Cavotec, Michael Watts of Cochran Marine and Knut Marquart of ABB to provide ports with details of equipment, installation and standardisation.

Malina Kolenshanska of the European Commission's DG TAXUD will explain the tax position on shore-side power in ports for use by cruise ships.

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Port of Gothenburg receives award for OPS

6/12/2011 Port of Gothenburg was one of the winners in the prestigious Energy Globe Awards 2011 for its work on shoreside power connection for vessels at berth. The award, EUR 10,000 and a 17 kg bronze statue, was presented at a gala in Austria.

The Energy Globe World Awards aim to promote clean, renewable energy sources and are awarded in five categories: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. The awards have been presented since 1999 and are now one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards.

Susann Dutt, Sustainability Manager at the Port of Gothenburg, was there to receive the award:

­"It is incredibly gratifying and an honour to receive this prestigious award. The fact that we been so successful with shoreside power supply can be attributed to the close collaboration between the Port and our customers. Hopefully, the attention this will attract will contribute to more ports and shipping companies investing in shoreside power supply.

Click here for more information.

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Color Line to have OPS in Oslo

04/03/2011  Color Line ships are to have OPS while they are berthed in Oslo. The facility planned for summer 2011 can supply up to 4.5 MW. Color Line has received financial support from Transnova, Enova and Oslo Havn KF when converting to the new technology. The Color Line ships are the first large vessels in Norway to convert to onshore electrical power. For more information, click here.


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OPS tax exemption under discussion

21/02/2011  In the context of the revision of the EU Directive on energy and electricity taxation (2003/96/EC), the introduction of a tax exemption for the electricity provided to seagoing vessels through Onshore Power Supply (OPS) systems is under discussion. ESPO and ECSA indicate in their position paper on the fiscal treatment of OPS that the competitive position for onshore power supply against the burning of bunker fuels in on-board engines is negatively impacted by the fact that fuels used in maritime transport are not subject to excise duties.

The Commission recommend OPS as a solution that should be considered in Member States. The Commission is now studying how to address the tax treatment of OPS. Commissioner Šemeta stated that it too early to give an indication of the content of the possible proposal.

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New Gothenburg OPS facility

26/01/2011  This week a further step was taken towards cleaner shipping in Gothenburg. Stena Line inaugurates a completely new onshore power supply facility, including a frequency transformer, for the company's ferries operating between Sweden and Germany. In total, one in three vessels that put into the Port of Gothenburg can now turn off their diesel engines at the quayside and instead use green, Onshore Power Supply (OPS).

"Gothenburg is a living port city and shipping is part of the city's soul. It is a matter of ensuring that the highly important ferry traffic is as optimal as possible in environmental terms, especially close to the city centre. Connecting the vessels to onshore power supply is a forceful measure to reduce emissions and noise," states Magnus Kårestedt, chief executive of the Port of Gothenburg.

The new Onshore Power Supply facility, which has been developed by ABB, is the result of a joint investment initiative by Stena Line and the Port of Gothenburg. With the commissioning of the new facility all Stena Line's five passenger and freight ferries will be connected to onshore power supply when at berth. In total, one in three vessels that put into Gothenburg can use this technology - a unique figure in international terms.

New technology that can be spread to other ports
What is unique about the new facility is that it transforms 50 hertz, the standard frequency for alternating current in Europe, to 60 hertz, which is the system frequency used on the majority of vessels.
In many parts of the world preparations are under way to make the ports more eco-friendly through the use of Onshore Power Supply. A key part of this process is producing a joint international standard for connections and in this respect the new facility at the Port of Gothenburg could act as a role model.

Preliminary study aimed at connecting more vessels
At present it is passenger and freight carriers operating scheduled traffic within Europe that use this technology. A preliminary study is now being conducted to examine the possibility of offering the same eco-smart opportunity to the container vessels and cruise ships that put into Gothenburg.


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APL moves one step closer to a clean-air breakthrough

18/09/2010  APL has been retrofitting its C-11 class vessels with OPS capabilities throughout 2010. The last of the five ships returned to service this month from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.
The ships are scheduled to plug in at port beginning early in 2011. That's when APL expects to complete a construction project to electrify its Oakland vessel berths for cold-ironing. APL has been awarded two grants, totaling $4.8 million, for the cold-ironing project. Part of that funding helped finance the month-long retrofit of each ship. Every one of the five vessels has been equipped with:

  • A transformer that steps down 6,600-volt shoreside power to the 480-volt power used aboard ships;
  • Room-size enclosures that house the receptacles where shore-power cables are connected to the vessels; and
  • 8,000 meters of cabling that run from the receptacles through the transformer and into the vessel's electrical control panel.

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The Government of Canada to invest $2.5 million in OPS for container ships

16/09/2010  The Government of Canada will invest $2.5 million in the Prince Rupert Port Authority's (PRPA's) Fairview Terminal project to provide shore power capacity to container ships through an electric cable management system. Prince Rupert will be the first Canadian port to offer shore power for container ships.

The Fairview Container Terminal is a dedicated intermodal facility providing a high-velocity gateway for transpacific container trade. It anchors the fastest and most reliable trade corridor on the West Coast, providing shippers with a significant advantage over alternative gateways. The terminal, with a design capacity of over 500,000 TEUs, features a marine berth capable of accommodating 12,000-TEU container ships with direct and unimpeded access from international shipping lanes. A dock rail adjacent to the berth provides efficient intermodal operations in building trains of up to 3,600 metres.

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OPS to be subsidised in the Netherlands

13/09/2010   The Dutch government has announced that shipping companies and seaport terminals seeking to implement projects to establish so-called onshore power supply (OPS) will be eligible for subsidy. For the time being the scheme, published in the Government Gazette, will apply only to the Port of Rotterdam.
With the recent economic downturn ports have seen a decline in cargo volumes, however, which means companies are finding it hard to put up the costs of quayside power supply themselves.
Minister Eurlings has passed a Decree on subsidies for OPS. According to the minister, installing OPS "creates an opportunity to research and implement innovative solutions, such as power hook-ups to a so-called ‘smart grid 2' or to wind turbines".
The maximum subsidy has been set at 750,000 Euro. Grant applications are to be filed within six weeks. The subsidy scheme, will remain in force for a period of four years.

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Stena Line to use OPS in Rotterdam

20/06/2010   Stena Line is the first Dutch sea port terminal that will make use of onshore power supply. During the year 2011, the ships of Stena Line will be switched to OPS. The terminal is situated close to the city of Hoek van Holland in the Port of Rotterdam area.

Stena Line director De Lange underlined the interest of the use of OPS: "Onshore power and Stena Line is a good match. OPS is progressive, sustainable and a way to achieve clean shipping."

The system consists of a 20 kV power supply that is transformed to 11kV at the terminal. Depending on the onboard systems, the power can be supplied to the ship in either a 50 or 60 Hz frequency. Onboard, the power is further reduced to 440 Volt and distributed by the switchboard.

The installation of OPS costs several million Euro. Stena Line financed the adjustment of the ship systems. The Port of Rotterdam, the Ministry of Transport and the local authorities, contributed to the shore side investments.

Four RoRo ships that sail in a regular scheme will be using onshore power from 2011 on. The new OPS ready supper ferry Stena Hollandica was launched on June 8.

Source: Port of Rotterdam


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