In line with government’s Project Green Ports, ABB India has commissioned a state-of-the-art solution for shore-to-ship power supply at V O Chidambaranar Port, Tamil Nadu. 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 company said in a statement. “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,” the statement said. ABB shore-to-ship technology supplies ships that are docked with electricity from shore, so 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 at the port. The technology also helps reduce low frequency noise and vibrations, and allows the crew to maintain diesel engines while the ship is berthed. The V O Chidambaranar Port is one of the 12 major ports of the country which will implement various schemes related to the Project Green Port initiatives in a time bound manner.