While the EU parliament call for an emission ban at a berth, Yara Marine Technologies has relaunched its cold ironing initiative, partnering with NG3.
“We used to do shore power projects on ships some years ago, but the market was too slow. Now however, with new regulation and grants supporting shipowner’s shore power investments, we are back in the business of shore power. Together with NG3 we are ready to take on new orders,” Aleksander Askeland Yara Marine Technologies CSO explained.
NG3 has been involved with shore connection systems for the last 10 years along with other marine technologies, such as automated mooring systems, and gas combustion units (GCUs) for LNG propelled ships.
“We sought out NG3, due to their proven competence and mindset to constantly develop and improve their technology. They demonstrate a skillset, and a passion for engineering that makes for a great cultural fit with us,” Askeland added.
“We are excited, confident and proud to partner with a large yet agile company like Yara Marine Technologies and look forward to tapping in to their expertise, engineering capacity and market relations,” said Camille Chevreau, NG3 Sales and Operations Manager.
The EU recently called for a ban on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from berthed ships by 2030, in a first reading of the MRV regulation.
“This is a major step for the industry. It will cut emissions tremendously. Both GHG emissions, but also local air pollution, like black carbon, SOx and NOx, saving thousands of lives, cleaning up the air in our cities,” Askeland continued.
The ban would include ships of over 5,000 gt arriving at, within or departing from ports under the jurisdiction of an EU member state.
In addition to the EU initiative, several ports are introducing a ban on GHG emissions by 2025. For example, in China, shore power shall be used if a cruise ship is at a berth with an onshore power supply capacity for more than three hours in the emission control areas (ECAs).
“Yara Marine’s ship-to-shore technology can help to save fuel that would otherwise be used to power vessels while in port. According to the Fourth IMO GHG Study, shore power can reduce overall GHG emissions from ships quite a bit.
“In addition it will contribute to better air quality in the proximate port area, facilitate maintenance of the ship’s engines and generators, and reduce noise from vessels at berth,” Askeland concluded.