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Holland American Line cruise ships to undergo cold ironing upgrade

24 Oct 2018

Holland American Line will be retrofitting shore power connectors on three of its cruise ships, according to technology firm ABB.

Shore connection technology allows the vessels to turn off all engines and switch to electricity generated in a power plant on shore, to reduce emissions and noise while also increasing energy efficiency.

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.

“Holland America Line remains firmly committed to including new technical solutions that truly advance its policy for sustainable operations,” said 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.”

According to ABB, the primary distribution voltage for cold ironing operations can vary from 440 volts to 11 kilovolts while load requirements can range from a few hundred kW in the case of car carriers to a dozen or more MW in the case of passenger ships or reefer ships.

Its single interface for complete port electrification and grid integration is compliant worldwide and can be installed for newbuilding projects or for retrofit.

Cable connection and preparation for safe power transfer can take around 20 minutes on existing shore power solutions, but the ABB solution for Holland America Line includes a simplified switchover process, enabling a more seamless transition between ship and shore power sources. 

ABB has also taken steps to streamline and minimise disruption during the installation process, whether for newbuildings or for retrofitting.

“Over the last 13 years, ABB has developed and installed shore power connections for a wide variety of ship types, including cruise vessels, and has extensive practical know-how across a spectrum of power and switchboard configurations,” says Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.

“We have also reached the point where the full installation can be done during the normal operation of the vessel. For Holland America Line, we completed three turnkey projects simultaneously, covering procurement, engineering, installation and commissioning.”

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

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, despite its agreed benefits.

Photo credit: ABB
Published: 24 October, 2018


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