Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion as the key to sus­tain­able port and ship­ping op­er­a­tions

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The prospects of us­ing elec­tric­ity in marine trans­porta­tion and the links with the re­new­able sources of en­ergy were the main ar­eas of dis­cus­sion among the key stake­hold­ers, dur­ing the event or­gan­ised by the EU co-funded project “el­emed” in Li­mas­sol. The event brought to­gether lo­cal stake­hold­ers, del­e­gates from the marine and en­ergy in­dus­try, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from port author­i­ties and govern­men­tal bod­ies, as well as el­emed project part­ners.

The scope of the event was to raise aware­ness about el­emed project work and its im­pact on min­imis­ing air emis­sions as well as to keep the pub­lic abreast on the re­new­able po­ten­tial in Cyprus, ex­plor­ing prospects of de­ploy­ing shore power tech­nolo­gies for other uses and trans­port modes.

El­emed project part­ners pre­sented the progress up to­day re­gard­ing the tech­ni­cal stud­ies and the es­tab­lish­ment of the first on­shore power in­stal­la­tion in Killini port in Greece as well as fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and schemes that could be valu­able for at­tract­ing the Cyprus’ ef­forts

nec­es­sary in­vest­ments. for pro­mot­ing the use of al­ter­na­tive fu­els in marine trans­porta­tion through reg­u­la­tory frame­work and projects im­ple­men­ta­tion were also dis­cussed.

A lively dis­cus­sion fol­lowed the pre­sen­ta­tions, with spe­cific em­pha­sis on the Cyprus case and plans for cold iron­ing ap­pli­ca­tions; pro­jec­tion and es­ti­ma­tion of the cost of elec­tric­ity; fea­si­bil­ity of hy­brid tech­nol­ogy ap­pli­ca­tion for lo­cal short-sea in­ter­con­nec­tions as well as in­te­gra­tion of re­new­able sources and syn­er­gies with LNG.

El­emed (Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in the Eastern Mediter­ranean) pre­pares the ground for the in­tro­duc­tion of cold iron­ing, elec­tric bunker­ing and hy­brid ships across the Eastern Mediter­ranean Sea cor­ri­dor, aim­ing at elim­i­nat­ing emis­sions and noise in ports and sur­round­ing ur­ban area. It is a co­funded by Euro­pean Union project, study­ing all tech­ni­cal, reg­u­la­tory and fi­nan­cial is­sues re­lated to the es­tab­lish­ment of cold-iron­ing in­fras­truc­ture, in four ports (Pi­raeus, Killini, Li­mas­sol, Koper), in­volv­ing three coun­tries. Within el­emed frame­work, the first pilot cold-iron­ing in­fras­truc­ture in Eastern Mediter­ranean will be es­tab­lished in Killini Port.

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