Cold ironing or Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), is the process of providing shore side electrical power to a ship at berth while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.
In a bid to reduce carbon dioxide and particle emissions, the Port of Marseille Fos jointly with La Meridionale Ferry Operators, have planned to install quayside power network and adapt three ferries to avoid diesel generators during port calls. This go-green initiative, to take off in October 2015, is likely cost $4.9 million. The project is funded by the local and central governments.
When diesel emissions are avoided, Carbon dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide emissions are reduced automatically, thus saving the environment.