ABB signs ‘Shore-to-Ship’ power agreement for cruises and ferries in port

The port of Toulon, which welcomes more than 1.6 million ferry and cruise passengers each year, has committed to ABB Shore Connection technology at a key stage in its sustainable development approach.

With around 1,300 annual calls by ferries and cruise ships right in the heart of the city, the port of Toulon plays an important role in developing the region’s attractiveness for business and tourists. The port is also at the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region’s “Zero Smoke Stopovers” plan (South PACA Region), which aims to electrify the quays of Toulon, Marseille and Nice to allow emissions-free stays. for ships.

Shore-to-ship electrical connections allow ships to turn off diesel generators during port calls. For shipowners, this means savings on fuel and maintenance costs while switching to cleaner, more sustainable energy. Cruise and ferry passengers, as well as local residents, not only benefit from cleaner air, but also from less noise and vibration generated when ships are docked.

“The dock-ship electrical connection will eliminate more than 80% of polluting emissions. It will also save 9,000 hours of diesel-powered ships per year. For the city of Toulon’s ferry activity alone, this represents a reduction in sulfur emissions equivalent to that of 50,000 cars in one year,” said Hubert Falco, President of the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolis.

“Technically, this project develops a new intelligent smart grid electricity network using digital technology to manage the energy flows from several interconnected sources. The infrastructure makes it possible to optimize overall energy efficiency while limiting the carbon footprint”, specifies Frédéric Mestivier, designer and technical director of the electricity project of the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolis.

ABB is leading the consortium selected to manage and execute this turnkey project, which is scheduled to go live in 2023.

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