23 September 2023
Industry-leading ballast water treatment specialists ERMA FIRST have launched BLUE CONNECT, a revolutionary high-voltage shore power solution, more commonly known as Alternate Marine Power (AMP) or Cold Ironing.
BLUE CONNECT seamlessly facilitates a vessel’s connection to a port’s electrical grid in order to power the vessel’s systems and equipment while at birth.
This shore power solution enables the ship’s diesel generators to be switched off, with a resultant reduction in noise and emissions. Specifically, emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, carbon oxides, and volatile organic compounds.
The installation and use of BLUE CONNECT will contribute to the global shipping industry’s decarbonization goals, including the European Union’s Fit for 55 plan, the United States’ CARB Regulations, and the International Maritime Organization’s carbon reduction measures.
Note that, the vessel connects to shore through the Cable Management System. ERMA FIRST currently offers standard BLUE CONNECT models for RoRo/RoPax, Passenger Ferries, Containers, and Tankers. Moreover, custom-made BLUE CONNECT systems are also available upon request.
BLUE CONNECT includes a power transformer, which transforms high to low voltage, as well as the required switchgear to protect crew and equipment. The operation is controlled and monitored by the Shore Connection Main Control Panel. Power changeover supports shore-to-vessel synchronization to avoid blackout upon connection. The system can also be integrated into a vessel’s AMS or/and PMS.
“The launch of BLUE CONNECT represents another key technological milestone for the ERMA FIRST Group. We now boast an array of game-changing engineering solutions and products for the maritime community globally. Protecting the environment has always been at the core of ERMA FIRST’s offering. BLUE CONNECT is a highly advanced cold ironing solution that can help significantly reduce emissions in ports around the world.”Konstantinos Stampedakis, ERMA FIRST Managing Director
Erma First is accelerating its diversification efforts by offering new ranges of products and services. Last year the company acquired oneTANK, producer of the world’s smallest ballast water treatment system.
Furthermore, the company owns intelligent-performance monitoring firm METIS, acquired in 2019, which brings integrated artificial intelligence to the company’s FIT BWTS system.
Source: ERMA FIRST
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