Friday, November 2, 2012

NYK Begins Shoreside Power Usage

NYK Line has become the first Japanese shipping company to make use of the Port of Oakland’s shoreside electric power supply. In late October, the containership NYK Apollo was directly connected to the port’s unit.

NYK Apollo, which is equipped with a 6.6 KV alternative maritime power container unit, arrived at the Oakland International Container Terminal on the morning of Oct. 22 and was connected to shoreside power a few hours after docking and an initial test. The vessel continued to utilize shoreside power until late that evening.

Utilizing shoreside power instead of the onboard generator can greatly reduce or eliminate emissions from vessels at berth.

Of the many NYK-flagged vessels with AMP units currently installed, NYK Apollo is the first in NYK’s fleet to connect at the Port of Oakland and will continue to make use of shoreside power on subsequent visits. NYK says it continues to modify AMP units of containerships and will expand its use of shoreside power at the Port of Oakland.