Technology firm Nidec Industrial Solutions (Nidec) on Wednesday entered into a contract with Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea to design and construct a EUR 8 million ($9.88 million) “shore-to-ship” cold ironing system for the port of Genoa.
The electrical supply system will enable docked vessels to plug in to the national grid from the dock, allowing fully operation without having to switch on their on-board engines.
The project is in line with a European Union directive which requires all European ports to adopt shore-to-ship cold ironing systems by 2025, says Nidec.
The company will supply two 6 MVA static frequency, as well as switchboards and LV/MV transformers, connecting cables for the various devices and any accessory components for the Genoa project.
The Nidec solution will be able to adapt the voltage and frequency of the national grid to the requirements of individual ships undergoing cold ironing.
Nidec will also supervise the civil engineering works, assembling, commissioning and any technical support required for the project, for the next 10 years.
“For us this project is a major milestone in the reduction of the environmental impact of port activities, a central theme for promoting a sustainable development model in a country like Italy, which has 7,500 km of coastland and 42 large ports,” said Kaila Haines, Marketing and PR Director of Nidec Industrial Solutions.
“The transformation of these ports with a view to achieving greater safety and savings on energy may also contribute to attracting more cruise vessels, and this would have a positive impact on trade and tourism.
“We are proud to work in partnership with the Port of Genoa and to bring state-of-the art technology, together with our capacity to satisfy specific requirements through customised solutions and our proven experience, developed thanks to the various other applications we have already installed in the Port of Livorno, in the Muggiano / La Spezia shipyards, in the Naval Bases of Taranto and in Toulon (France).”
Photo credit: Nidec Industrial Solutions
Published: 29 March, 2018
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