Shore power products supplier Zinus has secured a contract from Norwegian firm Havnekraft to develop and supply a new, flexible shore power technology for cruise ships calling at Haugesund Cruise Port.

Havnekraft is owned by energy firm Haugaland Kraft and Karmsund Port Authorities.

For many years, Zinus has been providing a developed, mobile and flexible system, named Shore Power Cruiser, for supplying high-voltage shore power to cruise vessels and other ships.

Havnekraft chairman Tine Osmundsen said: “We chose Zinus because the company is one of the forerunners in cable management technology and could offer the best solution for our needs, and it is extra gratifying to be able to award the contract to a local player.

“For us, it has been important to ensure fast and efficient connection of the cruise ships, and that the large high-voltage cables are easy and safe to handle for our personnel at the quay.”

The new capability will be built on Zinus’ Shore Power Cruiser system, four of which are presently deployed in the port of Bergen.

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This solution will provide renewable electricity to docked cruise vessels and help enhance port logistics.

It will feature the handling as well as storing of cables and connectors to improve the preservation and maintenance for both cables and plugs.

Additionally, Zinus’ cable management unit will be incorporated with batteries as well as an electric motor for green transportation.

As of now, Karmsund Port Authorities has booked 120 cruise calls for next year. Nearly 90% of these vessels are expected to obtain shore power.

The aim is to supply up to nine million kilowatt-hours of electricity in an ordinary season.

In comparison with vessels that operate on diesel generators while docked, this initiative will help lower carbon discharges by approximately 2,500t each season.

Apart from climate and environmental advantages, Havnekraft will bag an additional benefit from the short distance between Haugesund and Zinus’ technology setting at Bømlo.

In June, Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg announced plans to expand its shoreside power network to the Energy Port for connecting tankers to shore power from 2023.