California-based Port of Hueneme has successfully tested the ‘plug in’ process between the newly installed grid-based shore power system and Hamburg Süd’s M/V cap pasley vessel.
The connection with the power system will enable reefer vessels calling at the port to run their auxiliary marine engines on shore power instead of diesel fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Port of Hueneme CEO and director Kristin Decas said that over the 3–year lifetime of the project, annual emissions from refrigerated cargo vessels or reefer vessels will be reduced significantly.
The initial test plugging was critical as it not only tested the vessel’s synchronisation ability, but also its connection with the port’s grid-based system.
The process also ensures that all trained units and ship operators are familiar with the equipment.
In December 2013, the Port’s shore power system successfully passed the load bank test, demonstrating its capability to provide a steady source of shore-side power for docked ships.
With the second test completed, the port will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on 23 April, where the newly retrofitted vessels will plug in to the port’s other two shore side power units for the first time.
Port Commission president Mary Anne Rooney said that green is no cliché for the Port of Hueneme.
"We take action and make environmental sustainability a top priority in our business plan to ensure we improve the quality of life and bring prosperity to the communities we serve. This project represents perhaps the single largest reduction in air emissions by one project in the history of the county," Rooney said.
Hamburg Süd senior vice-president Mike Wilson said it is a major investment by both parties, with returns that will continue visit after visit.
Image: The Port of Hueneme serves as an important commercial trade gateways for niche cargo on the West Coast. Photo: courtesy of Port of Hueneme.