Cavotec AMP systems officially opened at Stena Line ferry berths in Hoek van Holland (Rotterdam)
Cavotec AMP systems officially opened at Stena Line ferry berths in Hoek van
In the latest example of the growing use of Cavotec’s innovative shore-to-ship
electrical power supply technologies, Stena Line has officially opened two
Cavotec Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) systems at its terminal in Hoek van
Holland (Rotterdam), the Netherlands.
The result of close cooperation between Cavotec and partners Stena Line, ABB,
the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, these
are the first shore power systems for sea-going vessels introduced at the Port
of Rotterdam. They also form an important element in the Port’s stated aim of
becoming the most sustainable port in the world.
Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van
Haegen, inaugurated the AMP systems at a ceremony attended by representatives
from the primary partners in the project including Stena Line, ABB, and the
Port of Rotterdam. Local officials, dignitaries, and business leaders were also
“These projects demonstrate what ports can achieve when we pool engineering
expertise to develop innovative, integrated solutions. We work with a number of
trusted partners to develop AMP systems and other technologies for the ports
sector and elsewhere,” comments Sietse Nap, Managing Director Cavotec
Cavotec’s involvement in the projects included the supply of two shore-to-ship
interface cable management systems that ensure the safe and quick connection of
shore side electrical supply to four Stena Line ferries. Radio remote control
units, also supplied by Cavotec, operate the AMP units.
One of the two units is a cable dispenser system that connects electrical power
to the Stena Transit and Stena Transporter: two freight ferries that sail
between Hoek van Holland and Killinghome on the east coast of the UK. The other
system is installed at Stena Line’s passenger ferry berth that serves the Stena
Britannica and Stena Hollandica on the Hoek van Holland to Harwich route. The
centrepiece of this application is a telescopic crane that extends some 20
Cavotec has worked on a large number of similar AMP installations across
northern Europe. In Sweden for example, the Port of Stockholm, the Port of
Gothenburg, the Port of Karlskrona and the Port of Ystad all use Cavotec AMP
systems. The very first AMP system became operational at the Port of Gothenburg
Cavotec AMP systems enable vessels to switch off their engines while docked and
to connect to shore side electricity to power services such as lighting,
heating and food preparation. Switching off ships’ engines and connecting to
grid-generated electricity reduces fuel consumption and dramatically cuts
particulate matter emissions, thus helping improve air quality in ports and
“The systems at Hoek van Holland have been tested since March this year and
local residents are already reporting improvements in air quality and
reductions in noise pollution,” says Nap.
Cavotec’s shore power systems are also increasingly widely used elsewhere in
Europe and at ports on the US west coast, Canada and the Far East. In May this
year, Cavotec announced multiple AMP orders from the Port of Long Beach and the
Port of Oakland. The Port of Los Angeles has also used the technology at
several container berths for many years.
In addition to shore power systems, Cavotec manufactures a diverse range of
advanced technologies that help ports around the world to operate safely,
efficiently and sustainably. These products include automated mooring systems,
Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip
rings, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised cable
reels and steel chains.
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Investor Relations & PR, at .
Cavotec is a leading global engineering group, developing innovative
technologies that enable the maritime, airports, mining and tunnelling, and
general industry sectors to operate more sustainably. To find out more about
Cavotec, visit our website: www.cavotec.com.