1. OPS in HAROPA- Port of Le Havre: first target for cruise vessels.
On the shore power supply of maritime vessels, a strategy has been initiated since 2018 at HAROPA – Port of Le Havre by prioritizing initially the cruise (20 M € investment) whose terminal is located near the city and whose studies were initiated in 2019 with an achievement target for 2022/2023. Secondly, container traffic (northern terminals – studies in progress) should follow with a test on an autonomous power generation unit powered for instance by LNG. This type of unit seems suitable for other docks such as the Ro-Ro Terminal where the availability of the necessary power is not guaranteed on the national grid. HAROPA-Port of Le Havre is also studying solutions for the implementation of mobile connections on the existing container quays where the space is too small for the installation of conventional OPS equipment.
2. OPS for container vessels
Haropa-Port of Le Havre is in the process of organizing a test with a shipping company in Q1 2021 to supply a Container ship from an autonomous production unit running on LNG. The unit will produce up to a power of 3 MW at a frequency of 60 Hz and a voltage of 6600 V.
3. Special OPS design for Port 2000
In addition, Haropa-Port of Le Havre is working on the development of a prototype that will allow the shore connection to be implemented on the quays of the Port 2000 terminal (large container terminal in Le Havre) where the space between the front rail crane and the quay edge is too narrow to integrate a classic Cable Management System (CMS).
With regards to river traffic, HAROPA, in association with Waterways of France (VNF), is contributing to the Bornes & Eau (Terminals & Water) programme, co-financed by the EU under the MIE for €1.85 million out of a project total of €9.24 million. The project consists of deploying a network of 78 new terminals allowing distribution of electricity and water to river boats (in addition to the 14 HAROPA terminals already in use) along the Seine axis.
This project is fully in line with the objectives of the European Commission’s Green Deal for Europe and will contribute to the electrification of a non-negligible part of the Atlantic and North Sea-Mediterranean corridors of the Trans-European Transport Network where an important part of the french population is living (11 millions inhabitants).This project pursues several ecological and economic performance objectives. Allowing fluvial units and river cruise ships to access to the electricity terminals will : – reduce atmospheric pollution (reduction of CO2 and fine particle emissions) linked to the use of generators when the boats are at berth; – save 68 tons of carbon equivalent per year and per terminal installed (i.e. 5,304 tons for the 78 terminals); -generate less odour and noise pollution for local residents and boaters; – improve the economic competitiveness of river transport thanks to the fuel and maintenance savings generated by this service.