ABB delivers shore connection technology for Viking Line’s high-speed ferry

ABB Marine & Ports has provided shore connection technology for the passenger ferry Viking XPRS, which serves the Baltic Sea route between Estonia’s Port of Tallinn and Helsinki, Finland.

The ferry typically docks twice a day at the Port of Tallinn where – as previously reported – ABB shore power systems were installed earlier this year on five of the piers in Old City Harbour.

ABB’s full scope of supply for Viking XPRS included a shore connection control board with three separate ship-shore communication links. ABB has also provided the medium-voltage switchgear, an 11kV-400V transformer, a circuit breaker bypass arrangement for drydock connection, and a low-voltage main switchboard breaker. Commissioning was executed during the vessel’s normal operation.

The shore connection technology from ABB is controlled from the vessel itself, so that sequencing does not need intervention by any shore-based staff.

In a statement sent to today, ABB said that: ‘Given the frequency of port calls made by Viking XPRS, shore connection will save substantial amounts of fuel.’

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor