ABB shore-to-ship solution cutting emissions at French port

Sustainable energy

France – At a critical point in its sustainability journey, the Port of Toulon, which handles over 1.6 million ferry and cruise passengers annually, has committed to ABB Shore Connection technology.

The port of Toulon plays an important role in developing the region’s attractiveness for business and tourists, with around 1,300 annual calls from ferries and cruise ships right in the heart of the city. The port is also at the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Région Sud PACA”Zero-smoke )’s stopovers” plan, which aims to electrify the docks of Toulon, Marseille, and Nice to allow vessels to stay emission-free.

Ships can turn off diesel generators during port calls thanks to shore-to-ship power connections. Shipowners will save money on fuel and maintenance while switching to a cleaner, more sustainable energy source. Passengers on cruise ships and ferries, as well as local residents, benefit not only from cleaner air, but also from reduced noise and vibrations caused by ships docking.

The consortium chosen to manage and execute this turnkey project, with commissioning expected in 2023, is led by ABB. The ABB solution will be capable of supplying enough energy to power three ferries arriving at the same time or one cruise ship. Vessels will be able to connect to 50Hz or 60Hz power sources. Eiffage Construction will be in charge of civil engineering, while Fauché will be in charge of installing and connecting the equipment as part of the consortium.

Reducing emissions

The system, which will be implemented with ABB equipment, will be able to automatically adjust the energy mix to supply vessels through the local power network (Enedis), solar energy produced from a photovoltaic shelter, and an energy storage system made up of lithium batteries, thanks to the innovative design established by the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolis. The system will help to smooth out consumption peaks while also allowing for the storage of excess solar energy. Other renewable energy sources, such as fuel cells, will be able to be used as they become available.

Sustainable transportation, including marine and inland vessels, will play a key role in achieving France’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, as set out in the 2017 climate plan.

According to the trade association Interferry, ferries transport around four billion passengers and 370 million vehicles each year around the world. The International Maritime Organization has set a goal of reducing annual emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050, and passenger transportation is under pressure to meet these goals.