ABB Providing Shore-To-Ship Power In Inchon
By Jack Burke19 September 2019
ABB will install the Port of Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power solution, which is designed to help passenger vessels cut emissions, noise and vibrations at berth.
ABB said it secured the contract covering South Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power after a pilot project for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received the go ahead from Incheon Port Authority (IPA).
“As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports. “We are honored to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.”
In addition to a new US$160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019, the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities.
ABB’s full scope of delivery includes the installation of an onshore power connection at the Incheon passenger terminal consisting of an enclosure featuring a 2000 kVA capacity Static Frequency Convertor with 50/60HZ output, a transformer, a Neutral Grounding Registor Unit and an outdoor enclosure.
ABB’s shore-to-ship power technology has been integrated by over 50 ports. ABB said an increasing number of ports around the world offer shore power for ferries, as well as other passenger vessel types. There is a clear interest to lower pollution in ports, and one way of doing that is to install shore power and have a clean grid feeding to it.