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The port of Skagen, which will be exhibiting at Scottish Skipper Expo 2022, now offers an attractive alternative to use of diesel engines for fishing vessels, while at berth.

In 2021 a brand-new shore power facility was established in port of Skagen. It is the most flexible shore power facility around the North Sea, being able to supply up to 10 vessels simultaneously with individual set voltage and frequency.

The fishing Vessel “Voyager” from Northern Ireland was among the first vessels to use the facility.

When asked about the main reason for choosing shore power, the owner of Voyager, Mr. Arnold Mccullough says: “Our main reason for using the shore connection, was the reduced cost of keeping the vessel, while it was not being used.” He continues; “And there is also the benefit of decreased maintenance costs on our auxiliary engines onboard, due to decreased running hours.”

Mr. Arnold Mccullough is aware of the environmental advantages as well, and he says; “You can then go on and talk about the environmental positives for Skagen, such are reduced noise pollution and air pollution and the reduced carbon footprint, if the power is produced from renewable resources.”

Calculations show, that by using shore power instead of diesel engines, Voyager has saved 8.750 kgs of CO2 and 1.120 kgs NOX (pollution) during their 51 days stay in port of Skagen. Then one may ask – how can I relate to that?

The total reduction of CO2 and NOx corresponds to a car engine on gasoline running 67.830 kilometers equal to 1,5 times round the planet.  By using shore power, economic, environmental and community sustainability goes hand in hand.