On 30th October, construction commenced at Genoa’s cruise and ferry hub for the installation of new shoreside power facilities.
These will enable passenger vessels, berthed at the terminals, to switch off their generators and plug into an electrical power grid, with a subsequent immediate sharp reduction in carbon emissions and noise pollution.
Onshore power provision to cruise ships and ferries forms part of a policy adopted by the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority to accelerate the transition of the Ports of Genoa and Savona-Vado Ligure towards the deployment of clean energy, as the Ligurian maritime hubs, specifically the passenger terminals, are located in the heart of the city centres.
Site preparation is underway for future construction work and to pave the way for the forthcoming detection and clearance of unexploded ordnances by a team of experts.
The first phase will see the provision of 20 MWh to serve up to three cruise ships simultaneously and, subsequently, the second phase will boost the energy supply up to 42 MWh to serve the adjacent ferry terminals.
Onshore power supply is already available in Genoa’s shipyard refitting area and at the PSA Genova Pra’ container terminal.
With the completion of construction work at the passenger hub, scheduled for 2025, the Ports of Genoa will rank amongst the top sustainable ports and will also reach its main target to become carbon neutral, it was claimed.