Swedish operator Furetank has been given state and EU climate investment funding for installing shore power connection onboard one of its dual fuel Vinga series of tankers currently under construction at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard.
The funding – which will cover 50% of the cost of installation – will be provided by Klimatklivet, an initiative by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and NextGenerationEU.
The vessel to receive the shore power connection will be the ninth in the Vinga series and is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2024.
Jonatan Höglund, newbuilding inspector at Furetank, commented on the funding award: ‘This grant is a very positive response to our environmental efforts, it confirms that we are doing the right thing.
‘We have chosen to install a very powerful 6.6 kV high voltage shore power capability which even supports the cargo pumps during unloading. They consume a lot of energy which can now be provided through the electrical grid instead of ship generators. This eliminates all harmful emissions while in port close to densely populated areas.’
According to Furetank, if ports offer electricity of sufficient capacity stemming from green and clean sources, the climate investment has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 600 tons annually. This is based on calculations made by Furetank based on emissions in port from the Vinga vessel Fure Ven during 2021.