A conference (rates apply) featuring over 100 expert speakers is also underway alongside the free-to-attend Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo in Amsterdam. Day 1 included a fascinating update on efforts to establish a zero-emissions shipping corridor between the ports of Dover, Calais and Dunkirk, with input from key stakeholders including the Port of Dover, ABB Marine & Ports, SSE Energy Solutions and Schneider Electric.
The Green Corridor at Short Straits project is part of the UK’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition round two (CMDC2), which is part of the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE) initiative, launched in May 2022. The project aims to determine viable energy pathways for marine vessels and landside operations. It will assess their direct and indirect environmental impact and identify where regulation and new policy initiatives can contribute to a successful outcome. By August 2023, the aim is to have created a green corridor business case together with a three-tier route map to attract private-sector investment, up-scale the number of zero-emission vessels, ramp up landside infrastructure and create a blueprint for green corridors across the world.
“Schneider Electric is delighted to share its experience at the Port of Dover, which is one of the UK’s busiest ports and responsible for 33% of the UK’s trade with the EU,” said Peter Selway, segment marketing manager at Schneider Electric. “The Port of Dover, like many ports around the world, is facing huge challenges as they seek to help decarbonize the sector. Providing power for shore power and hybrid vessels is going to mean an increase in the energy requirements of ports from 1MVA to 160MVA. This is the challenge at the heart of ports’ decarbonization journeys and one Schneider Electric is ideally placed to support.”