Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) July 24, 2020 – Numerous experts in clean energy and biodiversity, from private companies, the administration and organized around the Group of Biotechnology and Blue Energy, that emerged from the Blue Growth Strategy, are advising Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo (APV – Port Authority of Vigo) in their eagerness to become a “Green Port”. The working group, highlighted that the strategy, to be
followed by Vigo port in the face of its energy self-sufficiency, as part of the Blue Growth strategy, and praised the commitment to reduce by 30% its emissions (CO2, SOx and NOx), will help reach 3% energy self-sufficiency by 2022 and become a “zero emissions” port and carbon sink for 2030 and will rise as a benchmark in terms of competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability. In this sense, it analyzed the Port Authority’s solar strategy in all its buildings, as well as the commitment to wind energy in the Bouzas Terminal or geothermal energy in the Berbés Market. Another of the strategic lines that contribute to the achievement of these established objectives is the electrification of docks. For this reason, the attendees analyzed an innovative project to implement an OPS (Onshore Power Supply) or Cold Ironing system at the Bouzas Terminal, where the possibility of making the electrical supply to ships through the installation of a wind turbine is being studied. This system consists of connecting the ships to the terrestrial electrical network during their stay in port, so that the auxiliary motors they use to supply themselves can be kept off during their stay in port. To achieve this objective, the possibility of combining wind energy and OPS at the Ferry Terminal, as a pilot, is being studied, which would allow the connection of up to two ships simultaneously. The intakes would be installed on ramps five and seven. Likewise, it is proposed that the average annual demand be covered in its entirety or to a greater extent by the energy generated by a wind turbine with sufficient power. After successfully completing the cleaning of the seabed of the Bouzas Reparations Dock, where nearly 20 tons of waste were collected, the Port Authority of Vigo wants to go further and is already working within its Blue Growth Strategy, through the Biotechnology and Blue Energy group, in the design and construction of a green point for the selective collection of waste from fishing vessels. The members of the group have shown great concern about the garbage that can be thrown from the docks and after the recent cleaning of the docks, the funds have been cleaned in A Laxe, the RC Náutico and the Bouzas Reparations Pier. For this reason, an agreement is being worked out between the sector and the company, Ecoembes, to find a solution, similar to what is already done on land with the companies. The next steps to be followed include, in addition to the design and construction of a green point equipped with solar panels and selective collection, cleaning activities for marine litter in areas where some accumulation is found. Likewise, the ecological dredging of the Bouzas docks is being processed. The waste collection project is called “ML-Style” and various brotherhoods participate in it, as well as the ports of Vigo and Marín. So far, more than 40 tons of waste have been collected from fishing boats, to which must be added another 40 tons from the port itself. The Biotechnology and Blue Energy group also reviewed the status of implementation of the projects and actions approved within the group, among which the ambitious and recently awarded worldwide by the International Association of Ports in the category of port integration stood out. City “Peiraos do Solpor”. This project is being carried out in different phases. Phase I is being developed with the University of Vigo and has its own funding from the Port Authority. It is currently in the execution phase in the A Laxe area, where various hanging ropes and other types of structures have been installed, with holes for the shelter of crustaceans. From this phase, the University has created a spin off under the name of “Blue Structure”. Phase II, which has a budget of €3 million, will be carried out in front of the Portocultura warehouse and has recently been submitted for European financing. In this phase, the Israeli company, Econcrete, and the Cardama shipyard in Vigo participate in the design of the underwater observatories. At this time, phase III of the project, which will be carried out at the Muelle de Bouzas, is also being submitted for European financing. The University, the Port and the Institute for the Sustainable Growth of the Company (ICSEM) will jointly participate in this phase and will have an investment of €5 millions. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo (APV – Port Authority of Vigo) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.