Shanghai to Offer Shore Power From Next Year

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Friday December 5, 2014

The Port of Shanghai will begin offering shore power beginning next year, reports Shanghai media.

According to the Shanghai Transport Commission, electric generators will be installed to serve ships, all part of an attempt to combat heavy air pollution resulting from an abundance of ships running on high-sulfur cheap bunker fuel.

Official figures have pegged that ships are accountable for 12 percent of the city's total sulfur dioxide emissions and 11 percent of its nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions

The city has also begun providing incentives to companies to retire aging vessels, in addition to preventing older ships from working Shanghai waterways.

Thirty-nine ships have so far already been withdrawn from service.

The port had previously announced that it would work with the Port of Los Angeles in expanding shore power, with the latter sharing information on regulations, rules, standard, policies, electricity rates, and incentive programs.