ABB India’s first shore-to-ship power supply for Tuticorin port to reduce carbon footprint
In line with the government of India’s ‘Project Green Ports’ project, ABB India has commissioned a state-of-the-art solution for shore-to-ship power supply for ships at the VO Chidambaranar Port, formerly Tuticorin Port. This solution expands the scope of the green agenda beyond renewable power to technology, which will enable ships docking at a port to plug for power instead of running on polluting diesel generators and using expensive power.
The Indian grid delivers power at a frequency of 50 Hz. So ships, most of which adhere to European standards of 60 Hz, have to depend on on-board diesel generators for power. For an average docking time of 60 hours for a commercial vessel at a port, the diesel generators produce a staggering 360 MT of carbon dioxide. ABB shore-to-ship technology supplies ships that are docked with electricity from shore, so that they can turn off the diesel engines that provide electricity for systems like heating, lighting and refrigeration of the vessel, and reduce greenhouse gas and noise emissions in port.