Levante Ferries’ Fior Di Levante ropax has plugged into the first shore power facility in the eastern Mediterranean at Killini port in an inauguration ceremony.
The cold ironing facility was developed within a European co-funded programme to allow the port of Killini in Greece to reduce air pollution, while paving the way for other Greek ports to become emissions-free hubs in the eastern Mediterranean region.
The Alternate Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Nektarios Santorinios committed to adopt regulations to use electricity as an alternative fuel, during a panel discussion that followed the cold ironing facility's inauguration ceremony,
Mr Santorinios said incentives will be announced shortly, to enable vessels serving insular connections to turn to natural gas and electricity and added that new sea routes will be defined to apply alternative energy sources.
Specific reference was made to the maritime company Levante Ferries. A statement said that even though the ferry operator was not an initial partner of the elemed consortium, it “has in fact made a great contribution towards the realisation of the vision of electrification, proceeding with its own capital expenditure to install specialised electrical equipment to connect its passenger roro ferry Fior Di Levante with the shore-based installation”.
Levante Ferries managing director Efstratios Apergis underlined the importance of “innovative thinking and persistence to invest” and the ferry operator’s commitment to sustainability. He also said Levante Ferries will “advocate any respective pioneering effort, being ready to invest to the adoption of the innovative technology to the rest of the fleet”.
Regarding the electrification capacity at the port of Killini, there are projections for four electrification positions and one electricity charging connection for hybrid ships, which use batteries for propulsion.
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