Multimodal 2022TOC EventsTBA GroupTelestackSailors SocietyVigan
  • TBA Group
  • Cimbria
  • Port of Stockton
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Multimodal 2022
  • Vigan

Green fund critical to emissions reductions

(Posted on 02/06/20)

The British Ports Association has published new research examining the barriers to shore power in UK ports, setting out three proposals to support the industry to meet ambitious emissions reductions targets.

Shore power, also known as cold ironing, is the provision of shore-based electricity to ships at berth, allowing them to turn off their auxiliary engines. These auxiliary engines are used for crew and passenger accommodation and cargo operations (such as pumps or heating or cooling systems) and typically use a type of diesel. Shore connections either provide power from the grid or nearby generation sources. They are commonly fixed at one berth but mobile solutions (by barge) are also in operation.

There are currently no large scale shore power connections in UK ports, due to the prohibitively high capital costs associated with such projects. The price of electricity in the UK and a general lack of consistent demand also means that there is rarely a commercially viable business case for investing in shore power. Such systems, however, have the potential to significantly reduce emissions from ships at berth.

The report identifies three primary barriers and three proposed solutions:

Primary Barriers

  1. High capital costs, both within the port and associated with energy network upgrades
  2. High electricity prices make it difficult to compete with relatively cheap marine fuel
  3. A lack of consistent demand from shipping, although that may be starting to turn for some parts of some sectors

                Proposals

  1. a Green Maritime Fund to support emissions reductions projects, including shore power
  2. The removal of taxes on electricity from shoreside power in line with that available for marine fuel
  3. Goal-based approach to increasing demand, such as a zero emission berth standard

Commenting on the report, Mark Simmonds, Head of Policy at the British Ports Association, said: “Shipping remains the most efficient way to move freight to, from, and around the UK. We recognise that whilst emissions from ports and ships are relatively small parts of the emissions puzzle, there is work to do to continue to bring them down.

Shore power is likely to play a role in reducing emissions from ships in ports in the future, but there are significant barriers to introducing it in UK ports. Government investment in green maritime to mirror investment in green vehicles is critical to helping the industry to continue to lower emissions.

We believe that a green maritime fund is needed to support decarbonisation in the ports and shipping sectors, but this alone will not overcome the challenges. We want to have a discussion about how a zero emission standard might help lower shipping emissions and bring greater certainty for ports and investors in low emission technology and infrastructure.”

Latest News

Rotterdam expansion of ship-to-ship berths

(Posted on 25/05/22)

Three new berths will be added to the port of Rotterdam this summer. There will be a new set of dolphins... Read more


Marcor to operate dry bulk terminal at Steinweg Hartel Terminal

(Posted on 18/05/22)

Marcor Stevedoring B.V. intends to extend its floating terminal in Rotterdam with the development of... Read more


Construction of new quay in Vlissingen underway

(Posted on 12/05/22)

The first spade has gone into the ground for the new 800-metre-long quay at Quarleshaven in East Vlissingen... Read more


Abu Dhabi Egyptian agreement to focus multipurpose terminal in Safaga Port

(Posted on 05/05/22)

AD Ports Group and the Red Sea Ports Authority have signed a Term Sheet and a Head of Terms agreement... Read more


Rotterdam throughput decreased by 1.5% in first quarter

(Posted on 27/04/22)

In the first quarter of 2022, 1.5% less freight passed through the Port of Rotterdam than in the same... Read more


Quarterly figures confirm rise in Antwerp bulk

(Posted on 20/04/22)

The total throughput of Port of Antwerp amounted to 58.3 million metric tonnes in the first quarter,... Read more


Dry bulk Q1 increases at North Sea Port

(Posted on 14/04/22)

Sea freight cargo traffic at North Sea Port increased by more than 6% during Q1 2022. The consequences... Read more


FTZ activated at Port of Vancouver, USA

(Posted on 12/04/22)

In collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Foreign Trade Zone Board, the Port... Read more


Hangö Stevedoring now part of Euroports Finland

(Posted on 12/04/22)

The entire share capital of Hangö Stevedoring has been transferred to Euroports Finland on 31.3... Read more


Etihad Rail announces freight terminal at Dubai Industrial City

(Posted on 01/04/22)

 Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s National Rail network, and Dubai Industrial... Read more


Port of StocktonCleveland Cascades LtdThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Van AalstPort of South LouisianaCimbria
  • Sailors Society
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Telestack

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping