ABB is expected to begin installing shore connection technology on Jean Nicoli in 2020 (Image: ABB)
ABB is providing technology to enable French ferry operator Corsica Line to connect to shore power while berthed in Marseille, France and thereby reduce emissions and noise pollution while in port.
Instead of running diesel-fuelled auxiliary engines, Corsica’s three ferries – Paglia Orba, Jean Nicoli and Pascal Paoli – will now use electricity when berthed. Each of the three vessels will be modified to feature ABB’s power compensation solution Dynacomp, which allows electricity from the local grid in Marseille to be stepped down to 11 kilovolts for use on the ships.
“ABB shore connection technology enables the type of emissions-free ship power that regulators, ports and local residents increasingly demand,” said Ludovic Amouroux, project manager at Corsica Linea. “With ABB’s proven technology, Paglia Orba, Jean Nicoli and Pascal Paoli will be emissions-free when berthed in Marseille.”
As part of the project, ABB will install electrical, mechanical and automation systems on each ferry for the shore power connection. ABB will also deliver a custom-designed cable management system on the quay at Marseille.
The installation of ABB’s shore connection technology on Paglia Orba has already begun, with work expected to take place on the other two vessels in 2020.
“Decision makers in the ferry sector like Corsica Linea continue to lead on zero-emission shore power, proving that existing vessels can significantly reduce environmental impact with technology that is available to shipowners today,” said Jyri Jusslin, head of service at ABB Marine & Ports. “We are delighted to offer our turnkey shore connection solution to meet Corsica Linea’s shoreside power needs.”
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