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ABB and Cavotec have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly provide complete shore-to-ship power solutions worldwide.

Such solutions enable vessels to plug into an onshore power supply and shut down their engines, thereby reducing noxious emissions, noise and vibrations while berthed in ports that are usually located in city surroundings.

The technology enables a seamless switch from on-board generation to shore power supply, without disrupting services, including lighting, heating and refrigeration.

“This strategic co-operation with Cavotec allows us to combine our complementary capabilities and bring optimised solutions to our customers.”

ABB and Cavotec will join their expertise and resources to supply advanced and customised solutions to global ports markets, and complete lifecycle services and support.

ABB’s shore-to-ship power systems comprise technologies for port electrification, frequency conversion systems, power transformers, control and protection equipment, as well as consulting services.

Cavotec contributes interface equipment from Alternative Marine Power’s (AMP) portfolio, including shore connection boxes and cable management systems.

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ABB grid integration business managing director Oleg Aleinikov said: "Shore-to-ship power is a sustainable solution to reduce local emissions and enable green port operations, and another example of how ABB technologies are fostering a better world.

"This strategic co-operation with Cavotec, allows us to combine our complementary capabilities and bring optimised solutions to our customers. It is very much in line with our Next Level strategy to forge alliances and partnerships."

The grid integration is a part of the company’s power grids division.

Cavotec CEO Ottonel Popesco said: "The synergies between ABB and Cavotec provide the basis to expand our leading position into the AMP market.

"Cavotec’s portfolio ideally complements ABB’s offering in shore-to-ship power solutions. This alliance will reinforce our market leadership as the world’s best shore connection interface system supplier."

Image: Docked ships to be provided with ship-to-shore power solutions. Photo: courtesy of ABB.