The maritime sector has agreed that by 2050 CO2 emissions from maritime shipping will be reduced by at least 70% compared to 2008. It has been agreed that inland shipping will be emission free and climate neutral by 2050. Ambitious goals that suit an ambitious sector. One of the technical solutions that can contribute to this objective is the use of sustainable shore-side electricity from wind energy on land or sea.
One of the technical solutions that can contribute to this objective is the use of sustainable shore-side electricity from wind energy on land or sea. By connecting to shore power, the vessels can turn off their diesel generators, which will significantly reduce noise and the emission of CO2, nitrogen, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.
The complexity of the shore power connection depends on the status of the electrical installation of a vessel. Bakker Sliedrecht recently converted the electrical infrastructure of the crane vessels Sleipnir and Thialf of Heerema. Bakker Sliedrecht as system integrator installed among others the necessary transformers, modifications to main switchboards and the interface with the existing power distribution system. Bakker Sliedrecht also extended the existing installations and switchboards and installed the low and high voltage cables. The voltage has to be converted from 11 kV to 4.16 kV. The new shore power facilities and on-board electrification will enable the crane vessels to actually use the green power from the shore and thus reduce the use of the current diesel generators.
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Common Diesel Generator Protection (CDG-protection) protects the power plant of DP 2 and 3 on a cost-reducing way against blackouts and the consequences of disturbances.
Improving vessel performance and lowering emissions are two main drivers for asset owners. To equip a vessel with batteries is often presented as a method of increasing sustainability. For Bakker Sliedrecht this is only the starting point, a source of power and energy. The true value is created in the dynamic collaboration of all energy generators and storage solutions. The Bakker philosophy is to optimize the grid with various functionalities, which combined can improve the efficiency of conventional sources, and enable the grid for the use of more sustainable options.