Norwegian-based Havnekraft has awarded Zinus a contract to develop and deliver a new and flexible shore power solution for cruise ships calling at Haugesund Cruise Port.
For several years, Zinus has marketed the Shore Power Cruiser – a specially developed, mobile and flexible system for transmitting high-voltage shore power to cruise ships and other large vessels.
The recent contract was signed with Havnekraft in Haugesund, Norway – a company owned by Karmsund Port Authorities – plus the energy company, Haugaland Kraft.
“Havnekraft wants to offer shore power to cruise ships calling at Garpeskjærskaien in Haugesund and has given Zinus the task of developing the next generation shore power connection for this type of vessel.
“The new system will be an ‘all-in-one solution’ that focuses on fast connection, easy user operation and reduced operating costs. The product must also be able to manage large power variations and give Havnekraft a high degree of flexibility,” explained Ronny Olson, Zinus Sales Director.
“We chose Zinus because the company is one of the forerunners in cable management technology and could offer the best solution for our needs, and it is extra gratifying to be able to award the contract to a local player.
“For us, it has been important to ensure fast and efficient connection of the cruise ships, and that the large high-voltage cables are easy and safe to handle for our personnel at the quay. Zinus has presented a very good and functional solution that takes care of all these considerations,” Tine Osmundsen, chairman of Havnekraft, said.
“In addition, their concept means that we can remove the cable handling unit when it is not in use, which provides good utilisation of the quay also between cruise calls and outside the cruise season,” Osmundsen added.
To date, Karmsund Port Authorities has booked 120 cruise calls in 2022, and around 90% of these ships can receive shore power. The goal is to sell up to 9 mill k/h of electricity during an ordinary season. This will result in a reduction in CO2 emissions of around 2,500 tonnes per season, compared to when ships are running diesel generators while berthed.
In addition to the climate and environmental benefits, the port enjoys, Havnekraft also gains another advantage from the short distance between Haugesund and Zinus’ technology centre at Bømlo.
“The close proximity means that the customer can be close to the development work in our R&D team, that they get to buy local and sustainable products, and that they are guaranteed an extra short response time throughout the product’s lifetime,” Olson emphasised.
“The agreement shows that we have a strong understanding of our customers and what is expected of our products and services. The best solutions often come in close dialogue between customer and supplier, and this project is an excellent example of such,” commented Endre Eidsvik, Zinus CEO.
Four shore power cruiser systems are currently installed at Bergen. In addition to supplying renewable electricity to cruise ships berthed, both the existing and upcoming Zinus’ solutions also contribute to improved port logistics, as well as better preservation and maintenance of cables and plugs, through the systems’ handling and storing of cables and connectors.
To further strengthen the environmental and climate friendliness of the shore power solution, the cable management unit is equipped with batteries and an electric motor.