|Stena Line has signed a contract with Yara Marine Technologies to install shore power systems on board four ropaxes.
When connected to the local power grid at the port, the turnkey solution will allow the vessels to eliminate emissions and noise that would otherwise have been produced by their engines.
The installations are scheduled to take place during the second half of this year, which will improve the green credentials of the Stena Line fleet, as well as the quality of life for the port-side communities where the vessels call, it was claimed.
Stena Line has been using shore power for some of their vessels since 1989. The company now requires that shore-based terminals are supplied with renewable energy to minimise emissions throughout the supply chain.
Hans Corneliusson, Stena Line’s Fleet Support Manager, said: “Emissions reduction is at the heart of our sustainable operations. Connecting a single vessel to a green electrical grid when in port can reduce CO2 emissions by over 5,000 tonnes per year – and this effect is multiplied across our fleet.
“We firmly believe that the number of ports offering shore-based power connectivity will increase in the near future and we are happy to support this change through investments in our fleet to make them compatible with this technology. Our holistic approach to minimising emissions by only sourcing renewable energy for shore power is in line with both customer expectations and upcoming regulatory requirements,” he said.
An increasing number of ship operators are exploring the use of shore power to reduce emissions in port, and to avoid the noise and vibrations resulting from active shipboard engines. However, they are encountering technical complexities when trying to interconnect systems from various operators.
Yara Marine’s turnkey shore power solution is claimed to solve this challenge, as it is designed as a single system that allows for easy installation. Not only does this guarantee compatibility of the various elements of the system – but also reduces project-related risks, such as sourcing spare parts, making it ideal for fleet-wide installations.
Furthermore, Yara offers after care for the lifetime of the systems provided.
Aleksander Askeland, Yara Marine Technologies CSO, said: “The shipping industry is keen to achieve cleaner and truly sustainable operations and shore power is an ideal means to reduce emissions with immediate effect.
“At Yara Marine, we believe in making it easy for companies to make their operations greener, no matter the specifics of their operating conditions. We are pleased to use our extensive experience from planning and executing multi-vessel installations to equip four Stena Line vessels with our turnkey shore power solution and look forward to supporting Stena Line and our other customers for the lifetimes of their installed technologies,” he said.