Holland America upgrades vessels with shore power connectors

Holland America upgrades vessels with shore power connectors
MS Eurodam retrofitted with ABB shore power connectors

Holland America Line has announced it will retrofit three of its vessels with ABB shore power connectors to enable the ships to plug into the electrical grid when in port.

The ABB shore connection technology allows ships to turn off all engines and switch to electricity generated in a power plant on shore. This both reduces emissions while at berth and cuts noise generated from vessels’ engines.

Three vessels will be fitted with shore power connectors initially, with the aim for a total of 11 cruise ships to feature the technology.

Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line said: “Holland America Line remains firmly committed to including new technical solutions that truly advance its policy for sustainable operations.

Our ships call at the world’s most beautiful destinations, which is one reason we prioritise environmental responsibility. These ships can now achieve very low emissions while in ports where shore power is available.”

According to ABB, its solution for Holland America includes a simplified switchover process, enabling a seamless transition between ship and shore power sources.  ABB offers a single interface for complete port electrification and grid integration that is compliant worldwide and can be installed for newbuilding projects or for retrofit.

Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports commented on the technology: “Over the last 13 years, ABB has developed and installed shore power connections for a wide variety of ship types, including cruise vessels, and has extensive practical know-how across a spectrum of power and switchboard configurations. We have also reached the point where the full installation can be done during the normal operation of the vessel. For Holland America Line, we completed three turnkey projects simultaneously, covering procurement, engineering, installation and commissioning.”

An increasing number of ports in North America, Europe and Asia are investing in shore power infrastructure for visiting ships, yet implementation standards for connectors and cables vary. ISO 80005-1 offers an international standard covering design, installation and testing of high-voltage shore connections and an update for low-voltage systems is in the pipeline, but the lack of such a standard has hindered the adoption of shore power.