Sweden is leading another initiative to reduce environmental impact from tanker operations
Following the news of the super-low EEDI Fure Viten, the Port of Gothenburg has announced shore power for tankers from 2023.The Port of Gothenburg’s Energy Port is expected to be the first port in the world to offer shoreside power exclusively for tankers, saving an estimated 1,800 tonnes of carbon emissions from tankers calling at the port.
The shoreside power will replace running diesel auxiliary engines on board tankers during port-based cargo operations.
The Port of Gothenburg has set itself the ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 70% through to 2030, including vessels.
Gothenburg Port Authority production development engineer Jörgen Wrennfors said, “We are about to take the next crucial step by connecting tankers to shoreside power points. Doing so in an explosive environment is more complicated, and the Port of Gothenburg looks as if it will become the first port in the world to offer this option.”
He added, “The hope is that other ports will follow suit, creating a basis for a shoreside power standard in explosive environments.”
Several tanker operators, including a large contingent from the local island of Donsö, have a strong environmental focus. A number have switched to LNG/LBG to power their vessels, and they are looking for further ways to mitigate the environmental impact of emissions and noise by ensuring their vessels can connect to a shoreside power supply.
“Many of the shipping companies have commissioned new vessels, and the current development has come at the right time,” said Mr Wrennfors.
The Port of Gothenburg has worked closely with the shipping companies to establish an interface that is globally unique for the tanker segment. Shipping companies that have shown an interest in shoreside power include Terntank, Furetank, Donsötank, Ektank, Veritas Tankers, and Tarbit Shipping.
The investment in shoreside power at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port is partly financed by Klimatklivet, an investment support initiative for local and regional measures that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-affecting gases. The project has been granted Skr10.7M (US$1.3M).
The Port of Gothenburg was one of the first ports in the world to offer shoreside power for vessels. Shoreside power is now available at the Stena Line berths at Majnabbe and Masthugget, and at two of the berths at the Gothenburg Roro Terminal at Älvsborgshamnen.