May 3, 2010
Website onshore power supply launched
A unique website is launched. The maritime world is discovering the Onshore Power Supply (OPS) technology and now the best of knowledge is gathered on one specific website.
“Sustainability is definitely on the agenda now and the interest for the OPS technology is con-stantly growing. Our goal with this website is to make sure that the best and most information within the area of interest is available in one place, for everyone and at any time” says Susann Dutt, Coordinator of the OPS project within the World Ports Climate Initiative and Environmental Controller at the Port of Gothenburg.
Onshore Power Supply means that vessels at berth replace onboard generated power from diesel auxiliary engines with electricity supplied by the shore, and thereby reducing emissions and noise.
The website offers practical and useful information and calculation tools about OPS for seagoing vessels as a measure to improve air quality in and around port, reducing emissions of carbon di-oxide and noise. The website is targeted particularly at port authorities, terminal operators and shipping companies considering introduction or expansion of the technology.
The Port of Gothenburg was the manager of the project in which the ports of Amsterdam, Ant-werp and Hamburg as well as the IAPH (International Association Ports & Harbours) Europe Office participated. The projects aim is to stimulate ports, terminal operators and shipping lines world-wide to implement the technology of OPS where practical and useful.
“We have worked hard and and put many hours into this project so it is very satisfying that the website is now going live. A large number of organisations around the world have given their in-put and support. We are very thankful for the interest everyone has shown” says Susann Dutt.
A questionnaire carried out by the World Port Climate Initiative (WPCI) shows a serious interest in OPS capabilities. More than half of the respondents are either in the process of, or has already, carried out a feasibility study into the sustainability of the technology for use in their ports. The questionnaire is available on the website.
For more information, please contact
Fer van de Laar, IAPH Europe +31 180 32 33 99,
Susann Dutt, Port of Gothenburg, +46 31 731 29 63