There is great activity in Norwegian ports to reduce emissions of climate and environmental gases. Recently, the Port of Oslo opened its second shore power plant and thus has an offer for all international ferries.
On January 8, 2019, the Port of Oslo opened a new offshore facility at Vippetangen. The new facility will provide power to the DFDS and Stena Line ferries when they are on shore. The ships therefore do not need to use the diesel generators to produce electricity. The reduction in CO2 emissions corresponds to the emissions from 1,300 cars. Color Line has since 2011 used the shore power plant at Filipstad. The shore power plants are an important contributor to reaching the Port of Oslo’s target of an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.
It is gratifying to see that the Port of Oslo is now launching its second shore power plant and is a good example of the activity in Norwegian ports. When the Nesodd boats become electric during 2019, the Port of Oslo has really taken big steps, says Arild Røed, head of maritime electrical installations in the Norwegian Electro technical Committee (NEK).
Oslo is not alone in investing in shore power. More and more ports along the coast can now offer electricity to ships that are docked. Support schemes through, among others, Enova, ensure a high rate of work on reducing emissions from shipping. Through Landström’s Forum, NEK works with Enova to uncover challenges and find solutions for both large and small ports to be able to offer shore power to an even greater extent.
Being able to offer shore power to everyone is not without shards in the sea. Our goal is to help the players market to come together and find solutions that provide benefits for both Sea men and Ship owners. In order to succeed in a broader perspective, the use of standardized solutions that the market joins is crucial. This will provide predictability for all parties and ensure sustainable development, concludes Røed