Regulation and grants reboot Yara’s cold ironing business

The introduction of new regulations and grants supporting shipowners’ shore power investments has prompted Yara Marine Technologies (Yara) to return to offering cold ironing solutions.

CSO Aleksander Askeland said the Norwegian technology company had been involved in shore power projects ‘but the market was too slow’.

Now, following an increased focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – from both a regulatory and financial perspective – Yara has announced it is partnering with NG3. The technology company has been involved in the business of shore connection systems for the last ten years along with several other technologies for ships, such as automated mooring systems, and gas combustion units for LNG propelled ships.

‘We sought out NG3 due to their proven competence and mindset to constantly develop and improve their technology,’ explained Askeland. ‘They demonstrate a skillset, and a passion for engineering that makes for a great cultural fit with us.’

Yara highlighted the EU Parliament’s increased focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships at berth by 2030.

‘This is a major step for the industry,’ said Askeland. ‘It will cut emissions tremendously. Both GHG emissions, but also local air pollution, like black carbon, SOx, and NOx, saving thousands of lives, cleaning up the air in our cities.’

The amended Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation includes any ships with a gross tonnage of 5,000 or more arriving at, within, or departing from ports under the jurisdiction of an EU Member State. This ‘in all practicalities’, says Yara, will require ships connect to power from shore, ‘and possibly batteries’.

Yara also noted that, in addition to the EU Parliament initiative, several ports are already introducing a ban on GHG emissions at bay by 2025. In China, shore power shall be used if a cruise ship is at berth with onshore power supply capacity for more than three hours in the emission control areas.

The company says it plans to invest in several technologies to reduce and eliminate GHG emissions.

‘Yara Marine’s ship-to-shore technology can help to save fuel that would otherwise be used to power vessels while in port. According to the Fourth IMO GHG Study, shore power can reduce overall GHG emissions from ships quite a bit,’ said Askeland.

In addition, it will contribute to better air quality in the proximate port area, facilitate maintenance of the ship’s engines and generators, and reduce noise from the vessel at berth,’ Askeland added.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry