UK exploring shore power in ports to speed up green shipping

On 7 February, the UK government launched a call for evidence to gather information on increasing the use of shore power in the UK.

On 7 February, the UK government launched a call for evidence to gather information on; the costs, benefits, vessel emissions, and options for increasing the use of shore power in the UK.


Maritime Minister Robert Courts launched the call for evidence amid the government’s efforts to accelerate maritime decarbonization. Hence, achieving it through its Transport Decarbonisation Plan by switching to emissions-cutting shore power at UK ports.

Shore power is said to be vital to decarbonizing the maritime sector and improving air quality for local qualities. It enables vessels to turn off their engines and plug into onshore power sources when berthed. Thus, reducing carbon emissions, noise, and air pollution.

As informed, Courts will also outline how stimulating the innovation of new green technologies will continue the revival of the UK’s shipbuilding industry, bringing private investment, creating jobs, and revitalizing coastal communities.

Different takes

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges this generation faces. We will continue to lead international efforts to decarbonize the maritime sector. Shore power will end the outdated practice of ships keeping their engines running while anchored in port. Reducing the poisonous fumes entering the air and ensuring we meet our net-zero 2050 goals”.

Robert Courts, Maritime Minister 

“The ports industry has a key role to play in supporting the decarbonization of shipping and shore power will be an important part of that.”.

Mark Simmonds, director of Policy and External Affairs for the British Ports Association

“The call for evidence is, therefore, an important step in finding the right, viable ways that industry, government, and networks can work together to support the wider deployment of shore power where it is an appropriate solution.”

Tim Morris, CEO at the UK Major Ports Group

In a race to decarbonize the shipping sector, the UK launched the Clydebank Declaration. It is a coalition of 22 countries keen to develop green shipping corridors, during the COP26 in 2021.

The country also has a dedicated Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. Particularly, it has pledged £23 million in 2021 to fund over 55 decarbonization projects.

Source: GOV UK