Yara to equip Finnlines vessels with shore power systems

2022-04-13T20:04:59+00:00 April 13th, 2022|Environment|

Leading ro-ro and ropax operator Finnlines is to equip three vessels with Yara Marine’s shore power solution to reduce fuel consumptionemissions and noise, while in port.

The turnkey solution will allow the vessels to connect to the local power grid when in port, switching to electricity rather than using auxiliary engines running on fuel. The installations, which are scheduled for completion this year, will help Finnlines eliminate shipboard emissions in port and thus reduce its environmental footprint.

Thomas Doepel, Finnlines’ COO, said: “Finnlines is committed to providing sustainable and responsible transportation options in the Baltic and North Seas. Our investment in smart technologies showcases our drive to reduce carbon emissions from our fleet and share our environmental performance with customers and stakeholders.

“By equipping these vessels with a shore-to-ship connection, we commit to our goal of reducing harmful emissions and noise while at port. This has a direct impact on quality of life for those present in areas close to our ports,” he said.

The recent signing of a joint commitment for the electrification of ports by 2028 by a number of government ministers and port authorities at the One Ocean Summit (held in France in February) demonstrated a clear industry recognition of shore power as a potential route to enable de-carbonisation targets, while allowing for cleaner, lower-impact energy solutions for stopovers.

However, setting up shore power solutions can be technically challenging, particularly in cases where operators are using two or three different systems on board that are not compatible with each other.

Yara Marine’s turnkey shore power solution is designed to provide an answer to this issue, thereby reducing the complexity of installation and mitigating project-related risks, such as fleet-wide installations, the company claimed.

In addition, Yara Marines’ after sales and service capabilities ensure that customers will see both cost and time benefits for the lifetimes of their installations.

Aleksander Askeland, Yara Marine Technologies CSO, added: “Yara Marine Technologies is keen to support cleaner and sustainable operations throughout the maritime industry. We look forward to working with Finnlines to provide solutions that will maximise benefits across the board.

“We bring our extensive experience in planning and executing multiple vessel installations to this collaboration and will be managing their needs for the lifetimes of the shore power solutions through our global after sales service organisation,” he said.