The Port of Aberdeen is installing shore power facilities for Serco NorthLink’s passenger ferries, which will mitigate more than 1,300 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, improve air quality, and reduce noise.

The project is funded by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) through a substantial investment.
Aerial photo of MV Hjaltland

Courtesy of Southspear Media & Surveys Ltd.

The MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland ferries have been converted to accept shore power and will ‘plug-in’ to a clean electrical power source, through the port’s renewable energy tariff, while berthed in Aberdeen.

The new infrastructure will include a 1.7 MVA electrical supply, a new substation, and a quayside cable management system at Serco NorthLink’s facility within the port’s North Harbour.

Kevin Hobbs, Chief Executive Officer, CMAL said:

“This investment in cutting-edge shore power infrastructure at Port of Aberdeen is a pivotal step towards a greener maritime future. We’re not just reducing emissions but shaping a sustainable future for maritime transport – one that resonates with CMAL’s commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation.”

The Port of Aberdeen aims to be the first UK port to achieve net zero by 2040.

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