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Incheon port to install its first cold ironing system

South Korea’s Incheon port is set to welcome its first shore-to-ship power solution in a move to cut emissions, noise and vibrations for passenger vessels at berth.

ABB has secured the contract to install the shore-to-ship system, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received the go-ahead from Incheon Port Authority (IPA).

“As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB. We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB’s shore-to-ship power technology is proven from the performance and reliability point of view, but also in terms of optimising the cost of electricity. It has already been integrated by over 50 ports around the world into strategies that reduce emissions overall and incentivise clean shipping.

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An increasing number of ports around the world offer shore power, or cold ironing, for ferries as well as other passenger vessel types.

ABB noted that there is a clear interest to lower pollution in ports, and one way of doing that is to install shore power and have a clean grid feeding to it.