Onshore Power Supply at the Port of Gothenburg

22 October 2021

The Gothenburg Port Authority has been working for a long time to encourage ships calling at the port to connect to the shoreside power system (or Onshore Power Supply – OPS) when at berth instead of keeping their engines running. This allows carbon emissions to be cut substantially, and emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitric oxide can be reduced to a minimum.

In Gothenburg, the first high voltage shoreside power facility was installed in 2001, and since then the number of power facilities has grown year by year, with an average of one third of ship calls now having access to a shoreside power facility. The latest shoreside power facility was installed in the Ro-Ro Terminal and started operations in January 2021.

The next shoreside power project is already on its way. This time, the Energy Port is being investigated, with an eye to installing a future shoreside power facility. The project is unique as the Port of Gothenburg would be the first port in the world to have shoreside power for tankers in a hazardous area. Planning and implementation are scheduled to take place during 2021, with commissioning scheduled for 2022. The port hopes to be able to spread the concept to other ports and lay the foundation for a standard for shoreside power within hazardous areas.

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