The unit’s batteries are charged while it connects vessels to the grid. This means that no additional vehicles are required to move it around the berth, further reducing environmental impact.
Shore power pioneers at Port of Los Angeles
Cavotec pioneered shore power in the 1980s, and AMPMobile first entered service at the Port of Los Angeles in 2011, with six further units in service in Californian, Chinese, and European ports. AMPMobile is now also used to power cruise vessels in Canada.
As a supplier of innovative shore power cable management systems to ferry, cruise, and container handling applications, it also develops solutions that connect and charge electric and hybrid vessels.
Several such systems have entered service in Europe in recent years, and the first came on line in Asia at the end of 2017, where a Cavotec AMPShore Reel connects Asia’s first e-ferry – the Cijian Island passenger ferry – to electrical power.