ABB has retrofitted three cruise ships of the Holland America Line with shore power connectors, so that they can now plug into onshore power supply during their port calls.
After having executed three new installations, Holland America Line's fleet features a total of 11 cruise ships outfitted with ABB's shore power connectors.
Primary distribution voltage can vary from 440 volts to 11 kilovolts, while load requirements can range from a few hundred kilowatts in the case of car carriers to a dozen or more megawatts in the case of passenger ships, particularly cruisers, or reefer-heavy container carriers.
"Implementation standards for connectors and cables vary. ISO 80005-1 offers an international standard covering design, installation and testing of high-voltage shore connections and an update for low-voltage systems is in the pipeline, but the lack of such a standard has hindered the adoption of shore power, despite its agreed benefits," ABB's press release sheds light on the issue. The company, the paragraph continues, "[...] offers a single interface for complete port electrification and grid integration that is compliant worldwide and can be installed for newbuilding projects or for retrofit."
"Over the last 13 years, ABB has developed and installed shore power connections for a wide variety of ship types, including cruise vessels, and has extensive practical know-how across a spectrum of power and switchboard configurations. We have also reached the point where the full installation can be done during the normal operation of the vessel. For Holland America Line, we completed three turnkey projects simultaneously, covering procurement, engineering, installation and commissioning," Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, commented.Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line, added, "Holland America Line remains firmly committed to including new technical solutions that truly advance its policy for sustainable operations. Our ships call at the world's most beautiful destinations, which is one reason we prioritize environmental responsibility. These ships can now achieve very low emissions while in ports where shore power is available."