Orkney: UK's first intermediate voltage shore power connection

Orkney Islands Council unveiled a project to supply locally produced ‘green’ electrical power to the MV Hamnavoe NorthLink ferry while docked in Stromness in 2019. It is believed to be the first large commercial ship shore connection in the UK and is just one element of an overarching low carbon travel and transport project.

This power supply system will cut the current overnight carbon footprint from the vessel’s diesel generators and engines, lowering fuel consumption by at least 500 tonnes a year and resulting in a significant reduction in carbon dioxide. It will also make a contribution towards further reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx) and noise. It is fully compliant to the latest requirement of IEEE 80005-3 regulations, which will govern this type of vessel power connection.

The project is expected to pay for itself in 3-years’ time through efficiencies and cost savings.