Asia’s first e-ferry has been connected to electrical power at its Taiwanese homeport, aiming to eliminate emissions and reduce operating costs.
The retrofitted passenger ferry, which operates between the island of Cijian and the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwanc is powered entirely by electricity.
The Kaohsiung city municipality plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbour.
President of Cavotec’s ports and maritime division Gustavo Miller said the charging solution at the Kaohsiung berth includes a cable reel, cable and plug, and a socket box onboard the ferry.
“We’re seeing growing interest in plug-in and charging technologies for e-ferries and hybrids in Asia and beyond, together with a high demand for our shore power equipment at major ports, which clearly indicates a strong trend on emissions-reduction initiatives,” said Mr Miller.