November 5, 2009
ABB and Fincantieri cooperate on plug-in power
ABB and Fincantieri are to collaborate on the construction, marketing and supply of high-voltage shore connection (HVSC) systems to provide electricity to vessels in port.
HVSC systems enable ships to draw shoreside electricity while in port to operate onboard equipment, instead of burning fuel oil to run electrical generators.
"ABB successfully delivered the world’s first shore connection to the port of Gothenburg in January 2000," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division. "By combining our know-how and innovative capabilities with the leading shipbuilder, Fincantieri, we can develop reliable solutions that will lower the environmental impact of shipping."
Giorgio Rizzo, head of Fincantieri’s ship repairs and conversions business unit commented: “We are pleased to have contributed, together with ABB, to this initiative, setting out to protect the environment, which is also a priority objective for shipowners, our customers."
For a large cruise ship on a 10-hour stay in port, a shore connection can cut fuel consumption by up to 20 metric tons and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 metric tons: equivalent to the total annual emissions of 25 European cars. In Sweden, shore connections have reduced annual CO2 emissions in the ports of Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsingborg and Pitea by 6,000 metric tons annually, according to the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL.
The new shore connection systems to be developed by ABB and Fincantieri will meet all current international standards, and can be installed on ships while under construction, docked for maintenance or at sea.
Shore connections are now available at ports in the United States, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Juneau, in Canada at Vancouver, and, in Europe, at ports in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Holland.