ABB will lead a turnkey project for the largest dock-to-ship solution in France

  • ABB leads a consortium providing shore-to-ship electrical connection for ferries and cruise ships in the port of Toulon
  • ABB’s shore connection technology reduces emissions and noise during port stays
  • Future-proof terrestrial energy storage system manages fluctuations in local grid energy demand and takes advantage of emerging renewable energy sources

The port of Toulon, which welcomes more than 1.6 million ferry and cruise passengers each year, has committed to ABB Shore Connection technology at a key stage in its sustainable development approach.

With around 1,300 annual calls by ferries and cruise ships right in the heart of the city, the port of Toulon plays an important role in developing the region’s attractiveness for business and tourists. The port is also at the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region’s “Zero Smoke Stopovers” plan (South PACA Region), which aims to electrify the quays of Toulon, Marseille and Nice to allow emissions-free stays. for ships1.

Shore-to-ship electrical connections allow ships to turn off diesel generators during port calls. For shipowners, this means savings on fuel and maintenance costs while switching to cleaner, more sustainable energy. Cruise and ferry passengers, as well as local residents, not only benefit from cleaner air, but also from less noise and vibration generated when ships are docked.

“Toulon is the first Mediterranean port to supply all of its quays. This is an innovative project based on an intelligent energy flow management system with a unique energy mix. With the support of ABB as well as the South PACA Region and our partners, we are significantly improving air quality in the port, while maintaining activity. The shore-ship electrical connection will eliminate more than 80% of polluting emissions. It will also save 9,000 hours of diesel-powered ships per year. For the city of Toulon’s ferry activity alone, this represents a reduction in sulfur emissions equivalent to that of 50,000 cars in one year,” said Hubert Falco, President of the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolis.

“Technically, this project develops a new intelligent smart grid electricity network using digital technology to manage the energy flows from several interconnected sources. The infrastructure makes it possible to optimize overall energy efficiency while limiting the carbon footprint”, specifies Frédéric Mestivier, designer and technical director of the electrical project of the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolis.

ABB is leading the consortium selected to manage and execute this turnkey project, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2023. The ABB solution will be able to supply enough power to cover the needs of three ferries calling at the port simultaneously, or of a cruise ship. The ships will have the possibility of electrical connections at 50 or 60 Hz. As part of the consortium, Eiffage Construction will carry out the civil engineering work and Fauché will be responsible for installing and connecting the equipment.

Thanks to the innovative design put in place by the Métropoles Toulon Provence Méditerranée, the system set up with ABB equipment will have the ability to automatically adjust energy consumption? mix to power ships via the local electricity grid (Enedis), with solar energy produced from a photovoltaic shelter, as well as an energy storage system made up of lithium batteries. The system will help smooth out peaks in consumption while allowing storage of excess solar power generation. It may also use other renewable energy sources such as fuel cells, as they become available.

“We are honored to have been selected by Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée to work on this innovative project,” said Jyri Jusslin, Head of Service, ABB Marine & Ports. “We congratulate the Toulon authorities for seizing this opportunity. It charts the course for a more sustainable future with smart systems that already exist today.

Sustainable transport, including maritime and river transport, will play an important role in the objective set by France to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in accordance with the climate plan announced in 2017.

Worldwide, ferries carry around four billion passengers and 370 million vehicles each year, according to the trade association Interferry2. The International Maritime Organization has adopted a strategy to reduce annual emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050, and passenger transport is under pressure to meet these targets.

As a leader in electric navigation and smart port technology, ABB offers complete shore connection solutions including state-of-the-art infrastructure both on shore and on board ships. ABB’s shore-to-ship power technology has already been integrated by more than 50 ports around the world to support the goal of reducing emissions and efforts towards sustainable shipping.

1https://france.representation.ec.europa.eu/projects/escales-zero-fumee-lutter-contre-pollution-de-lair-des-bateaux-de-croisiere_fr

2https://interferry.com/ferry-industry-facts/

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