As explained, the solution would enable passenger vessels
visiting Incheon to slash emissions, noise and vibrations at berth.
The project is said to reflect South Korea’s commitment to
sustainable shore-to-ship power after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to
plug into the local grid received the go-ahead from the Incheon Port Authority
“As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in
South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB,” Juha Koskela,
Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, commented.
“We are honored 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.”
In addition to a new USD 160 million ferry terminal opened
in April 2019, the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise
terminal in June this year. Given IPA’s ambitions to develop its vision for
Incheon as a new tourism hub for Northeast Asia, environmental credentials are
among the port’s top priorities.
An increasing number of ports around the world offer shore
power for ferries, as well as other passenger vessel types. 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, according to ABB.