California’s Port of Hueneme on Friday conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed grid-based shore-power system.
The first vessel to test the new plug-in system was Hamburg Süd’s Cap Pasley
, which was transporting fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands.
“The initial test of ‘plugging in’ a vessel is critical to the assessing performance of this new and very high voltage shore-power system. It is also vital to ensuring all trained units, including ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) and ship operators, become comfortable with operating the gear,” the port authority said.
The port authority called Friday’s test a “success” and a “second major milestone” of its shore power system. The first was the port’s load bank test in December that demonstrated the system’s ability to provide a reliable, steady source of shore-side power for ships at berth.
California’s state assembly passed legislation requiring programs to reduce diesel engine-related emissions while refrigerated cargo ships are in port. By connecting to a grid-based shore-power system, reefer vessels are able to run their auxiliary marine engines on shore power in place of diesel fuel and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Anticipated reductions at the Port of Hueneme include a 92-percent reduction in particulate matter, 98-percent reduction in NOx and a 55-percent reduction in greenhouse gasses.