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Green shipping boost as Maritime Minister announces plans to explore shore power

07 February 2022/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Logistics & Supply Chain, Ports, Maritime & Waterways, Net-Zero


Maritime Minister Robert Courts has announced plans to explore the rollout of emissions-cutting shore power at UK ports.

According to Courts, shore power will be vital to decarbonising the maritime sector and improving air quality for local communities.

Currently, berthed vessels must run their onboard diesel engines to power lighting, galleys, air-conditioning and other amenities. 

It’s the equivalent of a car or van idling while parked, emitting polluting fumes into the air around ports and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

With shore power, vessels will be able to turn off their engines and plug into onshore power sources when berthed, reducing carbon emissions, noise and air pollution.

Launching a call for evidence on shore power during his keynote speech at the annual UK Chamber of Shipping Dinner, the Maritime Minister also outlined how, as well as vital environmental benefits, stimulating the innovation of new green technologies will continue the revival of the UK’s shipbuilding industry, bringing private investment, creating jobs and revitalising coastal communities.

Courts said: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges this generation faces, and we will continue to lead international efforts to decarbonise the maritime sector.

“Shore power will end the outdated practice of ships keeping their engines running while anchored in port, reducing the poisonous fumes entering the air and ensuring we meet our net zero 2050 goals.”

Tim Morris, CEO at the UK Major Ports Group, added: “Shore power has the potential to play a positive part in the future of zero emission maritime, although it is an area that currently faces some significant challenges.

“The call for evidence is, therefore, an important step in finding the right, viable ways that industry, government and networks can work together to support the wider deployment of shore power where it is an appropriate solution.”

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