China Leads World In Utilizing Shore Power


China has led the world in showcasing the capability of ports to provide shore power to ships at berths, according to a report unveiled by the non-governmental organisation Clean Air Asia.

Specialised berths

It said 84 per cent of specialised berths in the country’s 21 coastal ports have had access to onshore power supplies as of 2022.

Seven of the coastal ports have seen all of its specialised berths with access to shore power, it added.

Emissions from auxiliary engines running while ships are at berth, which generates necessary electricity for the ships, are a substantial source of pollution.

Shore power

During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period, the country gave priority to increasing the proportion of berths with access to shore power.

In the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period, it has shifted its focus to increase the rate of shore power consumption on ships at berth, the report said.

The supporting facilities for shore power supply have been upgraded and the interfaces of equipment have been made compatible in a gradual manner in the belt, it said, adding the measures have effectively helped increase the rate of shore power consumption on ships.

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Source: china daily