ABB to supply shore power systems to Portsmouth (UK)

2024-03-01T17:36:00+00:00 March 1st, 2024|Technology|

ABB has won an order from the UK’s Portsmouth International Port to supply a shore connection for visiting ferries and cruise ships.

Part of the UK port’s Sea Change project to design, build and operate a shore power system across its three busiest berths, the installation will serve two ferry berths – each with five connection points – and an additional berth shared by ferries and cruise ships.

The order was signed in January, 2024, with the system due for installation in the fourth quarter of this year and expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2025.

ABB’s shore connection allows vessels to turn off their engines while berthed, thus avoiding annual CO2 emissions for the vessels calling at the Portsmouth International Port by an estimated 20,000 metric tonnes from 2027.

This will significantly improve air quality in the harbour area while helping the port to realise its long-term environmental ambitions.

”As the UK’s largest and best-connected municipal port, we are committed to meeting the highest environmental standards and have set ourselves the target of reaching net-zero by 2030 and becoming the country’s first zero-emissions port by 2050,” said Stephen Watkyns, Portsmouth International Port’s Technical Director.

“ABB’s shore connection solution will help support these ambitions. Crucially, for the people of Portsmouth, it will have a hugely positive impact on air quality in the port and surrounding areas,” he said.

ABB’s full scope of supply for the shore connection system will comprise a 16-MVA ACS6080 drive with shunt filter, MV switchgear, power-factor compensation, transformers, e-houses, cable management systems, and automation.

In addition, ABB will provide installation, cabling and commissioning services, while Portsmouth International Port will also benefit from a three-year maintenance agreement.

“Through its Sea Change project and ambitious emissions-reduction targets, Portsmouth International Port is taking a pro-active approach to environmental sustainability,” said Marcus Martelin, Head of De-carbonisation Services, ABB Marine & Ports.

“To be selected as technology provider for this UK Government-funded project is a privilege and reflects our reputation as a trusted provider of shore connection capabilities for cleaner port operations,” he said.

As part of the project, the port’s biggest customer, Brittany Ferries, will be introducing two new LNG-electric hybrid ferries next year, which will be the world’s largest vessels of this type.

Together with Portsmouth International Port and Brittany Ferries, ABB will join a consortium of academics, marine specialists and some of the UK’s technology SMEs, which have been brought together to deliver the project.

The University of Portsmouth, MSE International, B4T, IOTICS and Swanbarton will all contribute technologies and expertise to support Sea Change, making this an attractive and scalable solution, which can be used by ports in the UK and abroad.

Sea Change is part of the Zero Emissions Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition, which was announced in February, 2023, funded by the UK Government, and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

As part of ZEVI, the UK’s Department for Transport allocated over £80 mill to 10 flagship projects supported by 52 organisations from across the UK to deliver demonstration R&D projects in clean maritime solutions.

Projects will be undertaken in multiple locations from the Orkney Isles to the southwest of England.

ZEVI is part of the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE), which focuses on clean maritime technologies that can be scaled rapidly to de-carbonise the UK’s domestic maritime sector.

In March, 2022, the DoT announced the largest government investment seen in the UK commercial maritime sector, allocating £206 mill to UK SHORE, a new division within the Department focused on de-carbonising the maritime sector.