Technology supplier Becker Marine Systems, shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd AG and logistics and transportation player Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) are testing out a new generation mobile cold ironing system at the Port of Hamburg, says the port on Thursday.
Becker Marine Systems developed the mobile power generator, then partnered with Hapag-Lloyd and HHLA for the test phase; the Becker LNG PowerPac® supplies eco-friendly power to container ships at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB).
The Becker LNG PowerPac® is a compact system the size of two 40-foot containers which comprises a gas-powered generator and an LNG tank, which provides the energy for the generator.
As soon as a container ship docks, a container gantry crane lifts the mobile 1.5-megawatt power generator from the quay into position at the stern of the ship.
Once there, it is connected to the ship’s power system and can supply the electricity needed for on-board operations while the ship is docked.
Over the past few weeks, the prototype has been successfully tested multiple times with some of Hapag-Lloyd’s 20,000 TEU container ships.
“We can safely say that the pilot phase was a complete success, and we thank our partners for the great teamwork,” says Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director at Becker Marine Systems.
“The Becker LNG PowerPac® represents a straightforward solution for the reduction of harmful emissions in the port and has the potential to be implemented internationally.
“We are in conversation with a variety of European and Chinese ports, and we are confident that the Becker LNG PowerPac® can be successful on the market.”
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure awarded a seven-figure sum to fund the development of the new technology as part of the government’s mobility and fuel strategy.
Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, remarks, “Air pollution control is very important, especially in ports in densely populated areas. We therefore support sustainable and alternative power units and innovations like the LNG power packs, which contribute to modernising shipping and reducing emissions.”
Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs, Frank Horch, comments, “The use of PowerPacs as an alternative power supply for container ships while on layovers in the port makes a valuable contribution toward reducing harmful emissions in Hamburg.”
“As a global company based in Hamburg, we were more than happy to support the tests. Shoreside power is an important component in our extensive efforts to make our business even more sustainable,” says Anthony J. Firmin, Executive Board Member for Shipping at Hapag-Lloyd.
Photo credit: Port of Hamburg
Published: 24 August, 2018
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