« Insights & News


Holland America to outfit 11 ships for shore power following three-vessel project

Simplified switchover process is said to enable a more seamless transition between ship and shore power sources.



The MS Eurodam is one of three vessels to have been retrofitted with ABB shore power connectors. Image credit: ABB


Updated on 23 Oct 2018 13:13 GMT

Seattle-headquartered Holland America Line has retrofitted three of its vessels with ABB's shore power connectors in a move designed to allow the ships to completely turn off their engines and save fuel by switching to electricity generated in a power plant on shore when berthed at a port.

According to Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, the full installation of its shore power connectors can be performed during the normal operation of a vessel.

The company says it has taken steps to streamline and minimize disruption during the installation process, whether it be for newbuilds or retrofits.

Discussing the Holland America Line project, Koskela remarked: "We completed three turnkey projects simultaneously, covering procurement, engineering, installation and commissioning."

Additionally, the solution put together for Holland America Line is said to include a simplified switchover process, enabling a more seamless transition between ship and shore power sources - compared to up to 20 minutes on existing shore power solutions.

And after having executed three new installations, Holland America Line will proceed to feature a total of 11 cruise ships outfitted with ABB's shore power connectors, ABB says.

"Holland America Line remains firmly committed to including new technical solutions that truly advance its policy for sustainable operations," commented Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line. "Our ships call at the world's most beautiful destinations, which is one reason we prioritize environmental responsibility. These ships can now achieve very low emissions while in ports where shore power is available."

Varying standards for connectors and cables, one single interface

An increasing number of ports in Asia, Europe and North America are investing in shore power infrastructure for visiting ships, yet implementation standards for connectors and cables vary, ABB notes.

ISO 80005-1 offers an international standard covering design, installation and testing of high-voltage shore connections and an update for low-voltage systems is in the pipeline, but the lack of such a standard has hindered the adoption of shore power, ABB explains.

Primary distribution voltage, for instance, can vary from 440 volts to 11 kilovolts, while load requirements can range from a few hundred kilowatts (kW) in the case of car carriers to a dozen or more megawatts (MW) in the case of passenger ships or reefer ships.

ABB notes that it is able to offer a single interface for complete port electrification and grid integration that is compliant worldwide and can be installed for newbuilding projects or for retrofit.





Sea Oil acquires Pro Fuels' bunker business in Norway

Former Pro Fuels team become employees of new firm Sea Oil Petroleum AS.

Titan LNG charters bunker vessel Green Zeebrugge

Supplier bolsters LNG delivery capacity in north-west Europe.

Don't be fooled by low prices, IMO 2020 has changed bunkering forever | Søren Høll, KPI OceanConnect

KPI OceanConnect's CEO discusses price volatility, demand, risk and how procurement is more complex post-2020.

Chevron helps VLSFO ships manage red deposits, scuffing

Engine maintenance programme is said to have helped protect vessels using VLSFO against liner wear and damage.

Singapore records second-highest annual bunker sales

Marine fuel volume rose 5 percent to 49.833m tonnes in 2020.

Gasum performs first LNG-LBG ship-to-ship bunkering to cargo vessel

UECC car carrier receives blend of LNG and 10% renewable LBG.

Singapore sales up despite 5% less bunker calls

November volume rose 4.6% YoY, whilst bunker calls fell by 178.

Lindsay Blee launches VLSFO in Florida

IMO-compliant fuel available in Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Port Manatee, Tampa and other locations.

Monjasa adds tanker to bolster Middle East operation

Newly acquired Monjasa Server to operate along the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Approval of methanol guidelines will release 'pent-up demand': Methanol Institute

Institute says IMO adoption of guidelines on ethyl and methyl alcohol fuels provides genuine alternative for 2030 compliance and beyond.


Related Links:

·  Montreal completes bunker-saving shore power project [Insights]

·  United States [Directory]