A consortium led by ABB is set to provide shore-to-ship power connection for ferries and cruise ships at Port of Toulon, France.

ABB will deliver its shore connection technology, which can minimise emissions and noise during port stays, as part of a turnkey project that is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

Its solution is said to deliver sufficient energy to meet the requirements of one cruise ship or three ferries simultaneously calling at the port. Vessels can use 50Hz or 60Hz power connections.

The consortium member Eiffage Construction has been tasked with civil engineering works, while Fauché, another member, will take care of installation and connection works related to the equipment.

Shore-to-ship power connections allow ships to turn off diesel generators during port calls, thereby enabling shipowners to reduce expenses on fuel and maintenance.

With solar energy produced from a photovoltaic shelter and an energy storage system comprising lithium batteries, the system deployed with ABB equipment can automatically adjust the energy mix to supply ships through Enedis, the local power network.

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The system will also be able to store excess solar energy production as well as use other renewable energy sources, such as fuel cells, in the future.

ABB marine and ports service head Jyri Jusslin said: “We are honoured to have been selected by Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolis to work on this innovative project.

“We commend the Toulon authorities for grasping this opportunity. It sets a course for a more sustainable future with smart systems that already exist today.”

Port of Toulon manages calls from up to 1,300 ferry and cruise vessels, with more than 1.6 million passengers, every year.

The port is also expected to play a key role as part of the ‘zero-smoke stopovers’ plan by the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Région Sud PACA). It intends to electrify the docks of Toulon, Marseille and Nice to facilitate emission-free stays for vessels.