28/11/2019.When ships sail, they burn fossil fuel like heavy fuel oil or natural gas, thus contributing to the emissions of greenhouse gas effect, whereas at berth they can plug-in to the electric grid.
Port of Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas and Tenerife will be offering electric connections in 2020 as demonstrative pilots to make ships stay in port fully sustainable. This is so because they commit to supply electricity 100 % renewable including hydroelectric, wind or solar:
- Port of Barcelona, at container terminal BEST will build a connection point for container vessels of global leader MSC among its 8.500 containers size fleet
- Port of Palma de Mallorca will provide Muelle de Paraires with two connection points for ferry liners TRASMEDITERRANEA and BALEARIA responsible for serving Baleares
- Port of Las Palmas will offer 32 connecting points at Muelle Pesquero for all fishing ships at repair
- Ports of Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastián de la Gomera and Santa Cruz de Tenerife will make connecting points available to ship-owners FRED OLSEN and ARMAS as they provide domestic transportation in Canarias.
This Port Authorities commitment adds on efforts of international Community at the occasion of the 25 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) while demonstrates how innovation can contribute to preserve the planet and realize a fair energy transition.
Note: Electric vaults at Port of Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas and Tenerife integrate in OPS Master Plan for on-shore power supply to ships in port. Project OPS Master Plan for Spanish ports is co-financed by the European Union.