Ports of Auck­land to look at ‘plug­ging-in’ cruise ships

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Ports of Auck­land has com­mis­sioned a fea­si­bil­ity study to look at al­ter­na­tive meth­ods for pow­er­ing cruise ships when in port.

The main al­ter­na­tive be­ing stud­ied is pow­er­ing ships from the national grid, known as ‘shore power’ or ‘cold iron­ing’*. The study will also con­sider a range of al­ter­na­tives in­clud­ing LNG or methanol-pow­ered barges to gen­er­ate ship’s power, and the use of low-sul­phur fu­els to re­duce emis­sions.

Cur­rently ships in port need to keep their gen­er­a­tors run­ning to sup­ply on- board power. By pro­vid­ing shore based power, Ports of Auck­land would be able to re­duce lo­cally gen­er­ated emis­sions and ship­ping’s car­bon foot­print, sup­port­ing Auck­land Coun­cil’s car­bon re­duc­tion goals.

Ports of Auck­land CEO Tony Gib­son said “We have set our­selves the goal of be­com­ing car­bon neu­tral by 2025 and hav­ing zero emis­sions by 2040. This work will sup­port both those goals. Ini­tially we will look at the fea­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tive power just for cruise ships, but we aim to ex­tend that across the whole port longer term.

“In car­ry­ing out the study, we will work closely with Vec­tor to un­der­stand the ca­pa­bil­ity of the lo­cal grid, and with cruise lines to un­der­stand their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and fu­ture re­quire­ments,” he added.

Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA) Aus­trala­sia chair­man Steve Odell said “CLIA and its mem­ber cruise lines wel­come the fea­si­bil­ity study and look for­ward to work­ing closely with Ports of Auck­land on it. The cruise in­dus­try is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print con­tin­ues to be min­i­mal through world’s best prac­tice and tech­nol­ogy. Our mem­ber lines are de­vel­op­ing and de­ploy­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies to re­duce emis­sions and we will be shar­ing these ini­tia­tives with Ports of Auck­land.”

The study is due to be com­pleted by April 2017.

* ‘Cold iron­ing’ is a ship­ping in­dus­try term that first came into use when all ships had coal-fired en­gines. When a ship tied up at port there was no need to con­tinue to feed the fire and the iron en­gines would lit­er­ally cool down, even­tu­ally go­ing com­pletely cold, hence the term cold iron­ing.

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