Finnlines and Yara Marine Technologies have signed a contract to install Yara Marine’s shore power solution on board three vessels. The turnkey solution will allow these vessels to connect to the local power grid while in port, switching to electricity rather than using auxiliary fuel-powered engines. The facilities, due for completion in 2022, will help Finnlines eliminate emissions on board ships in the port and thereby reduce its environmental footprint.
The use of shore power by ships is particularly beneficial to port communities, whose quality of life is affected by the concentrated emissions from many ships in port, and the associated noise and vibration from the engines of the ships. Ro-Ro ships and passenger ferries are very suitable candidates for this technology due to their operational profile. As a pioneer in shore power solutions, Finnlines continues its commitment to meet customer demands for more environmentally friendly services.
Thomas Doepel, COO of Finnlines, says: “Finnlines is committed to providing sustainable and responsible transport options in the Baltic and North Seas. Our investment in smart technologies illustrates our desire to reduce our fleet’s carbon emissions and share our environmental performance with our customers and stakeholders.
By equipping these vessels with a shore-to-ship connection, we are committed to achieving our goal of reducing harmful emissions and noise in port. This has a direct impact on the quality of life of the people present in the areas near our ports.
Shore power is widely seen as a means by which the shipping industry can reduce fuel consumption, meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations and transition to net zero emissions, particularly if the connection on land is able to supply renewable energy. The recent signing of a joint commitment for port electrification by 2028 by a number of ministers and port authorities at the One Ocean Summit (held in France in February) demonstrates a clear recognition of the shore power industry as a potential avenue to enable target decarbonization while enabling cleaner, lower impact energy solutions for port calls.
However, setting up shore power solutions can be technically difficult, especially in cases where operators use two or three different systems on board that are not compatible with each other. Yara Marine‘s turnkey shore power solution is designed to address this issue, reducing installation complexity and mitigating project risks such as fleet-scale installations. . Additionally, Yara Marines’ premium aftermarket and service capabilities ensure that customers will experience both cost and time advantages for the life of their installations.
Aleksander Askeland, CSO of Yara Marine Technologies, said, “Yara Marine Technologies is committed to supporting cleaner and more sustainable operations across the entire marine industry. We look forward to working with Finnlines to provide solutions that will maximize benefits at all levels. We bring our extensive experience in planning and executing multi-vessel installations to this collaboration, and will manage their needs throughout the lifetime of shore power solutions through our global after-sales service organization.