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ABB providing shore power to Global Container Terminal Deltaport

August 30, 2017 | By Anthony Capkun

Photo courtesy ABB.

August 30, 2017 – ABB has been awarded a contract by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to provide a technology solution that will enable shore power to be supplied to the Global Container Terminal in Delta, B.C. (Deltaport).

The terminal is Canada’s largest container port, says ABB, and is designed to handle trans-Pacific container vessels. The project is part of a joint commitment by the federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to reduce environmental impact.

ALSO VISIT Shore Power Technology for Ports Program, Transport Canada.

The Deltaport terminal is spread over a 1-km2 area, with three berths across 1100 metres. ABB’s shore-to-ship solution will enable ships to connect to BC Hydro’s grid so they can shut down their diesel generators.


ABB will provide the design, engineering and supply of key technologies—like the high-voltage shore connection system—with protection, control and communication capabilities. ABB’s solution includes substations that can cater to both 50Hz and 60Hz vessels from different parts of the world, together with onboard connections and automation panels.

By plugging in to the grid when berthed and shutting down their engines, vessels will not only help reduce the port’s environmental impact, but will also become eligible for discounted power supply, as a further acknowledgement of their voluntary emission reduction measures.

SEE ALSO Shore power enables the MS Veendam to kill her engines.

— Photo courtesy ABB.

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