We understand the balance of resilience, expansion and decarbonisation that challenge ports across the UK.
Maintaining a continuous energy supply is essential to ensure ports across the UK continue to operate and provide the gateway between the UK and the rest of the world.
Operators of UK ports must be confident that their electricity infrastructure is of the highest quality and continually maintained to avoid interruptions to their operations. This is essential to ensure ongoing supply that keeps ports open and trade following in and out of the country.
As ports continue to expand due to increases in traffic and to cater for larger ships, so too are their electricity networks.
As electrification and automation of cranes and vehicles progresses, the impact on energy infrastructure as demand grows will force port operators to optimise their existing networks and integrate new technologies to maintain resilience.
Corporate targets and pressure from regulators to improve sustainability credentials is forcing ports to decarbonise their operations. There are now opportunities to provide shore to ship power and electrify cranes and forklifts, decreasing the reliance on diesel power. This will have significant impact on electricity networks, and will require a comprehensive energy infrastructure strategy to adopt sustainable technologies that will eventually replace equipment traditionally powered by fossil fuels.
What are the barriers to shore power in UK ports?
We are pleased to support the research carried out by British Ports Association on the importance of shore power for the reduction of carbon emissions at ports. Improving the air quality at ports is one of the key goals of the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy. Cold ironing, also known as shore to ship power, installed at ports will enable the transition to zero emission shipping in UK waters. Container ships, cruise ships, ferries and offshore support vessels are the most likely segments to be shore power ready in the future.
We can provide shore power and clean energy infrastructure solutions that will help your port's infrastructure become more resilient while achieving your air quality goals and decarbonisation ambitions.
The UK has committed to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has set an ambitious legal target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
As a business develops its infrastructure and builds its power distribution network, having visibility and control over the live status of existing or new electrical networks and the ability to respond rapidly to faults brings significant benefits.