Incheon signs up to ABB’s shore power

2019-09-29T17:31:10+00:00 September 29th, 2019|Environment|

ABB is to install South Korea’s Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power solution, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations while berthed.

The engineering group secured the contract covering South Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received the go ahead from Incheon Port Authority (IPA).

“As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.”

In addition to a new $160 mill ferry terminal opened in April, 2019, Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June of this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities.

ABB’s full scope of delivery includes the installation of an onshore power connection at the Incheon passenger terminal consisting of an enclosure featuring a 2,000 kVA capacity static frequency convertor with 50/60 HZ output, a transformer, a neutral grounding registor unit and an outdoor enclosure.

The company’s shore-to-ship power technology has already been integrated by over 50 ports worldwide.

An increasing number of ports around the world offer shore power for ferries, as well as other passenger vessel types. There is a clear interest to lower pollution in ports, and one way of doing that is to install shore power and have a clean grid feeding into it, ABB said.