During the recent 3-day TOC Middle East exposition, Cavotec Port & Maritime expert Daniel Lexander delivered a presentation – “Technical Solutions to Reduce Emissions at Container Terminals” – at a Tech TOC seminar.
The talk provided an overview of the latest technological developments and applications of these technologies at ports worldwide. One of the main topics covered was the electrification of RTG cranes previously powered by diesel, which helps reduce emissions and running costs.
The other key area of the presentation dealt with shore power, also know as “cold ironing”: the connection of ships in port to grid-generated electrical power, that enables vessels to switch of the generators, again reducing emissions. Electricity produced for the grid, even by conventional means, is considerably cleaner than power generated by burning the low-grade oil used by ships.
Cavotec add that its shore power systems – Alternative Maritime Power – are now fitted, or are currently being installed, on more than 500 ships, while ports across North America and Europe use land-based versions of the technology.