Shanghai plans to provide onshore power for oceangoing container ships and cruise ships in 2015 to cut vessel emissions while they are at berth.
Construction works of the onshore power facilities had kicked off at the Guandong International Container Terminal of Yangshan Deep-water Port and Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, a statement of Shanghai Development and Reform Commission said on 24 July.
By using onshore power, nitrogen oxide emissions will be reduced by 99%, with particle emissions down to 3–17% of the emissions contributed by auxiliary engines, the commission said. Oceangoing vessels contribute to more than 90% of overall vessel emissions in Shanghai, it added.
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The local government in Shanghai has set a target to build six sets of onshore power facilities covering 12 berths by 2017, according to the port city’s three-year green port action plan for 2015–17 published on 22 July.
New container and cruise ship terminals in Shanghai will also be equipped with facilities to get ready for onshore power, according to the action plan.