Montrose Port Authority Launches 1st Shore Power Facility

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  • MPA has become the first port in Scotland to provide a shore power service for offshore energy supply vessels, which should reduce emissions, noise pollution and fuel consumption.
  • Plug Montrose is the result of a pioneering £1m investment and collaboration between the MPA and Plug Shore Power.

The Montrose Port Authority (MPA) claims to be the first Scottish port to offer shore power connectivity for vessels, reports Engine.

Plug Montrose

The shore power facility, named Plug Montrose, received £1 million in project funding. It was developed in collaboration between the Montrose Port Authority and Plug Shore Power, a UK branch of the Norwegian shore power firm Plug AS.

Shore power is now available at berths 1 and 2 in the port after its substation and quayside infrastructure were revamped. The Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) carried out the infrastructural upgrades.

Shore power or “cold ironing,” is an electrical power supply provided to ships when they are docked at ports. Instead of running the engines onboard to power essential systems while docked at ports, shore power facilities allow ships to connect to the local electrical grid.

A Norwegian vessel, Magne Viking, made the inaugural connection to the shore power facility during the facility’s testing phase.

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Source: Engine