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Thursday, September 19, 2019  (Comments: 3)

ABB will install its shore-to-ship power solution in the Port of Incheon, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at berth.

The contract follows a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid, which 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, MD, 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 US$160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019, Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June 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 scope of delivery includes the installation of an onshore power connection at the Incheon passenger terminal consisting of an enclosure featuring a 2000 kVA capacity Static Frequency Convertor with 50/60HZ output, a transformer, a Neutral Grounding Registor Unit and an outdoor enclosure.

ABB’s shore-to-ship power technology has been integrated by over 50 ports into strategies that reduce emissions overall and incentivise clean shipping. ABB says an increasing number of ports offer shore power for ferries and 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 to it.

Reader Comments (3)

I believe that the time has come to face the problem of environmental degradation, and the great ports of the world should begin to apply this magnificent protection measure, which would be supported by the citizens with great pleasure. Protect our planet, it is the only one we have. Kind Regards Pepe Bolaños Marine Engineer

By JOSE BOLAÑOS MARIN on Monday, September 23, 2019

It would interest me to know what the short circuit capacity is of the supply. A ship relies on their being a minimum of three times the rated current output of the connected generator outfit to satisfactorily clear a fault without the network voltage dipping enough to disconnect other loads. This may be available when considering the shore side network close to the source (onboard one is usually always 'close' to the source) but I would not have thought it would be available in an urban supply environment. Probably not even an industrial one (the related concern, voltage drop caused by starting current, usually means reduced violtage starting is much more widely mandated in industry ashore than afloat). When there is insufficient current to clear a fault two things may haoppen. The network simply goes black. The fault continues to pass current, below that dictated by the short circuit calculation but enough to damage more in the affected load's circuit. I had a very interesting time with a local network engineer after a line to neutral fault had lost some of my house supply and burned off one phase. An urban supply may easily grow by splicing onto existing supply lines such that a fault at the extreme end results in the line burning out before the substation fuse! Will we need more complex protection onboard or will 'cold ironing' supplies become man enough to do the job properly?

By D. Varley on Monday, September 23, 2019

This systems are thought for Auxiliary Engines running in Port, but not for Main Engines.

By Pericón de Caí on Monday, September 23, 2019

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