ABB and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri are to build, market and supply high-voltage shore connection (HVSC) systems for electricity provision to vessels in port.

The agreement allows vessels to consume electricity through HVSC systems from the onshore power grid for refrigeration, lighting, cooling and heating systems and more.

The system can cut fuel consumption by up to 20t and reduce CO2 emissions by 60t for a large cruise ship’s ten-hour stay in port.

It will also reduce the amount of fuel oil needed to run electrical generators.

According to the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, shore connections have reduced CO2 emissions in the ports of Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsingborg and Pitea by 6,000t annually.