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Shore Power for Cruise Ships, Canada

Port Metro Vancouver unveiled its new shore power facility at the Canada Place cruise ship terminal. The port is the first in Canada to install shore power for cruise ships, and only the third in the world to do so. The shore power installation at the home port of the Vancouver-Alaska cruise — one of the world's most popular cruises — is the result of a $9m cooperative initiative between the Government of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, BC Hydro and Port Metro Vancouver. Representatives from each of the participating organizations gathered at Canada Place today to formally launch the project. Shore power is a way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to BC Hydro's electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked. "This project will significantly improve local air quality by reducing air emissions from cruise ships in downtown Vancouver throughout the cruise ship season," said Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. "It is an excellent example of how our government is working with our partners to invest in infrastructure projects that improve our quality of life and it clearly demonstrates how we can both protect the environment and stimulate the economy."


Safeguarding Maritime Power Connections

Photo: Kirk

KIRK interlocking products provide safe electrical access during cold ironing, ensuring that ship power cables are properly coupled to shore power junction boxes before energizing. Trapped key access interlocks and key exchange units ensure that users follow a predetermined sequence of operation when connecting to land based power while in port.   In a typical shore power interlocking scheme, a ship’s AMP cable reel is fitted with Kirk’s type DM latch bolts on the shore


Port of San Diego Plans 'Cold Ironing' Facility

Dole Ship at Port Terminal: Photo credit Port of San Diego

Port of San Diego's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal proposes shore-to-ship power provision (subject to project's public approval). The project would allow vessels such as container ships and refrigerated cargo ships to "plug in" and use electrical power from San Diego Gas & Electric , rather than run off their own diesel engines while at berth. The Port has accordingly prepared a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the shore power project


Seaspan Ferries to Install AMP at Swartz Bay Terminal

Seaspan Ferries Corporation's installation of shore electrical power (also known as AMP) to receive Government of Canada funding. Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the local electrical grid in order to power their on-board systems while docked. "Our government is proud to invest in shore power at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal," said the Honourable James Moore


Port Power Project to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions

Photo: Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme reached a milestone in its Shoreside Power Project when the Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a key funding agreement to help vessels plug into electrical power at berth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “This is a model of strong public policy working for the betterment of our community and region. The execution of the contract ensures the success of the project and will keep commerce moving while improving our air and quality of life


Port of Hueneme Tests Grid-Based Shore Power

The Port of Hueneme conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Grid-Based Shore Power system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s M/V Cap Pasley, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte, North Carolina. The initial test of ‘plugging in’ a vessel is critical to the assessing performance of this new and very high voltage shore power system


GL Shipyard Restroom Barges for Park Service

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio built and delivered four public-use restroom barges for the National Park Service. The barges were delivered in Stillwater, Minn. near Minneapolis and will be used on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway for boater and camper use. The 20 ft. long by 10 ft. wide barges, each having five restrooms, are able to be connected together in sets or floated independently for optimal utilization


ABS Guide for Design & Operation of High Voltage Shore Connections

The use of shoreside power is becoming increasingly popular among ports and terminals seeking to reduce local air pollution emissions. While work to develop internationally-agreed standards for high voltage connections continues, ABS has released a Guide for High Voltage Shore Connection to address key safety concerns as well as design considerations for shipboard installations. “Cold ironing will continue to grow in importance as more ports around the world install facilities to


Carnival Corp on Target to Cut GHG Emissions 20%

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In honor of Earth Day and the importance of year-round environmental awareness, cruise ship company Carnival Corporation & plc says it will meet its goal to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent.  This goal was established by the company as part of Carnival's ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact from its operations. "Carnival has made the amount of GHG emissions released an indicator of our environmental


Long Beach's Cement Terminal Project Approved

The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships.

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project this week, greenlighting the addition of 40,000 metric tons of additional storage capacity consisting of storage and loading silos on vacant Port property adjacent to Mitsubishi’s existing facility at the Port’s Pier F. The site will increase in size from 4.21 acres to 5.92 acres. The board’s approval was contingent on environmental measures and upgrades.


Port of LA to Start Yusen Terminal Improvements

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Project will enhance wharf, rail and yard infrastructure to optimize terminal operations   The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC


California Okays Ship Emissions Capturing System

Photo: Clean Air Engineering-Maritime

 Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM)'s emissions treatment system for ocean-going vessels has been approved by the California Air Resources Board, giving operators of container vessels a second option for complying with the state’s strict emissions requirements for vessels at berth.


Shanghai Rolls out Green Port Plan

Image: Port of Shanghai

 The Port of Shanghai is aiming to reduce energy consumption per handling capacity unit by 7 percent in 2017 compared to 2010, the city’s transport commission said.    It is aiming to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent compared with 2010


Vancouver to Install Shore Power for Containerships

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Government of Canada and Port Metro Vancouver announce funding for shore power for container vessels; installation of facilities at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals will reduce emissions and noise Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two


First Cruise Ship from Port Metro Vancouver

First Cruise ship departs from Port Metro Vancouver this season

  The first cruise ship of the 2015 season will depart Port Metro Vancouver this weekend. An exciting and increasingly popular cruise itinerary will run back-to-back trips between Vancouver and Hawaii for the first time, bringing an earlier-than-usual start to the 2015 Canada Place cruise


Meltric Introduces High Amperage Plug and Receptacle

The Meltric DR400 High Amperage plug and receptacle has exclusive performance features, including solid silver-nickel contacts that provide excellent corrosion resistance, butt-style contact technology that maintains optimal contact pressure and superior conductivity and a unique safety shutter that shields users from accidental access to live parts.

The DR400 high amperage plug and receptacle is a safe, compact, and easy-to-use connector in power distribution, shore power, generators and other heavy industrial applications up to 400A.   Meltric Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial connectors


Cargo Ferry Project Moves Transport from Road to Sea

M/S Kvitbjørn (Photo: DNV GL)

A new competitive and eco-friendly maritime transport concept, the Cargo Ferry project, was presented in Oslo today. The result of more than two years of work, the concept has been developed as an alternative transport solution for containers that are carried for more than 200km on land


Port of Seattle’s Cruise Season Underway

Photo: Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle’s 2015 cruise season began May 1 at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line Westerdam. The port expects 192 cruise ship calls this season, bringing an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers.  


Nor Lines Launches Cuxhaven RoRo Link

Kvitebjørn by Nor Lines

 The Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines has started a direct weekly RoRo connection between German Port of Cuxhaven and Norway.   The first departure of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered 5,000 dwt short sea cargo vessel MS Kvitbjørn was on May 7


Naming of UASC's 'Barzan' at HSHI, S. Korea

Naming ceremony of Barzan on 29th April at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea. The DNV GL classed vessel will operate on the Asia-Europe trade (Photo Courtesy of UASC)

  Barzan, the first in a series of six 18,800 TEU container vessels ordered by UASC, was recently named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea. The vessel is the first to receive classification society DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation


Barillec to Present ‘Marine Apps’

Photo: Barillec

Barillec informs it has chosen the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo to unveil its new identity and to present its “Marine Apps”.  The show will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from June 23-25.   Barillec develops marine applications based on 60 years of global


High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

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Norwegian Car Ferry Debuts World’s First All-Electric Propulsion System Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of


Custom Yachts Feature Hybrid Battery Propulsion

Image courtesy of Knud E. Hansen

A pair of custom motor yachts is packed with state-of-the-art features and technologies, most notable among them: hybrid propulsion systems.   The two yachts may look different, but they are in fact the same design, with an exterior customized according to the owner’s preferences


China Wants Stronger Maritime Emissions Regulations

Image: IMO

 China's government is moving forward with plans to bring in legislation to control emissions from ships as the country looks to reduce air pollution, state media Xinhua said.   According to a draft amendment to the Air Pollution Law


Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

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The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential






 
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