How does the Shore Power System work?
What makes it different from other Shore Power /Cold Ironing solutions?
Cochran Marine can monitor each connection and make any necessary adjustments remotely from our headquarters in Seattle, WA, allowing real-time controls over the system.
Cochran Marine’s cable positioning device is also unique. It offers flexibility to connect to ships with differing configurations.
What reporting capabilities does the Cochran Marine Shore Power System have?
What is the impact of the Shore Power System on the environment?
The Cochran Marine Shore Power System decreases emissions while a cruise ship is docked by significantly reducing the air-polluting toxins that come from idling diesel engines:
- In Seattle, every time a ship connects to Shore Power, the result is an estimated reduction in carbon emissions of 87 tons.
- Since its launch in late 2009, Port Metro Vancouver’s Shore Power system has seen 90 vessel calls connect — which translates to a reduction of over 3,000 tons of net greenhouse gas emissions.
Why is Shore Power better than scrubbers or other emissions-reducing measures?
What is required for installation of a Shore Power System?
Once these requirements are met, Cochran Marine provides:
- The electrical equipment to support both voltage class ships (6.6kV & 11 kV)
- The automation control center that facilitates seamless transition from ship to shore power
- The cable positioning device that controls the cables that deliver power to ships
- Annual support and monitoring to provide data back to ships and ports
How much does it cost?
How long does it take to install a system?
How much power does it require?
Can multiple ships run on Shore Power at the same time?
What is required for operation and maintenance?
Does the Shore Power System work worldwide?
How is the system customized to each port?
Where is the Shore Power System currently installed?
- Seattle, WA (two systems)
- Vancouver, BC (two systems)
- San Francisco, CA
- Long Beach, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Brooklyn, NY
The Shore Power system in Brooklyn, NY is scheduled to come online for the 2014 cruise season.
What Cruise Lines are using it?
Are cruise ships already enabled to work on Shore Power?
Are there any regulations requiring Shore Power?
- Emission Control Area (ECA), a process of the U.S. Government, Environmental Protection Agency and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to designate an area off the coasts of the United States where stringent emissions controls would apply to ocean-going ships. Other countries are also developing standard policies for ECAs that include the use of Shore Power and Low Sulfur fuels. (http://www.epa.gov/nonroad/marine/ci/420f09001.htm)
- Annex VI to the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which contains two sets of standards adopted by the IMO to control harmful exhaust emissions from ship engines. All ships must abide by the global standards for the sulfur content of fuel and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from engines. Ships operating in designated ECAs are required to comply with more stringent sulfur and NOx limits. (http://www.imo.org/ourwork/environment/pollutionprevention/airpollution/documents/23-add-1.pdf)
The Clean Ports Act of 2011, which will give ports the regulatory authority to enact and enforce the EPA’s Clean Truck Program that addresses environmental and public health concerns, among others. (http://cleanandsafeports.org/clean-ports-act-of-2011/)
- The Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement that sets greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for countries around the world. (http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php)
- Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution, an act adopted by the European Union which establishes air pollution reduction objectives and outlines measures to achieve them by 2020. (http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/environment/air_pollution/l28159_en.htm)
- Sixth Environment Action Programme, which builds upon a previous programme regarding comprehensive European environmental policy. (http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/agriculture/environment/l28027_en.htm)
- The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, a proposal by the Australian government to reduce greenhouse gas emission via a cap-and-trade system. (http://climatechange.gov.au/cprs/)