Naples, Italy (PortSEurope) December 3, 2018 – A Memorandum of Understanding has signed between Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority), Enel and Caremar for the construction of infrastructure for the power supply of ships docked in the harbour.
Enel is an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas.
Caremar is an Italian shipping company, a subdivision of state-owned Tirrenia di Navigazione until 2009, when it was transferred to the Campania regional government.
Once operational, Caremar boats arriving in the port of Naples will use electricity and turn off the on-board generators to minimize air and noise pollution.
The plant will be built in the area of the Calata Porta Massa quay in the port and will cover the connections guaranteed by Caremar. Thanks to this agreement, the environmental impact linked to maritime port traffic will be reduced and the first “sustainable” port of the south will be created.
The protocol, immediately operational, will have a duration of three years. Caremar will realize the necessary infrastructure and will require connection to the local distributor, and the AdSP will grant Caremar an ecobonus on the anchorage and security rights, while Caremar will pay the AdSP an annual fee for the occupation of the portion of the port area and will provide for every activity maintenance of facilities and infrastructures necessary for the supply of their ships.
Enel will prepare an offer for the supply of electricity able to meet Caremar’s purchase needs and by 2019 will install infrastructures for charging electric vehicles inside the port of Naples, taking charge of their maintenance.
“Electrification”, declared Pietro Spirito, AdSP President, “is part of a comprehensive strategy to improve the environmental impact in ports that must also consider the construction of LNG facilities, the transition to LEDs for public lighting and the production of alternative energy.
“Enel’s commitment to the environment and the territory is constant and the agreement signed today”, said Carlo Tamburi, Enel’s Director of Italy. “By allowing the ships to switch off the engines for the duration of their stay in the port, the emissions into the atmosphere are reduced, improving the quality of the air in the city, and noise pollution is reduced. I hope that the example of Caremar could be followed shortly by other operators and other port authorities. Thanks to Enel’s contribution, electric charging infrastructures will also be installed that will allow vehicles in transit to and from the port to cancel emissions and create an integrated system of urban mobility without environmental impact”.
“Caremar, thanks to the efforts of Commander Vincenzo Ponti, is an active part and creator of this project”, said Francesco Ceci, Caremar Chief Executive Officer. “We have in fact the objective of significantly affecting the environmental impact generated by the activities of our ships and intend to make a qualitative leap in the abatement of polluting sources from the atmospheric and acoustic point of view. The agreement with the AdSP and Enel moves in this direction for the part of the activity regarding the stop in port of the boats and therefore the most direct contact with the urban areas through the electric option as an alternative to the diesel one. We do not want to stop here. Caremar also plans to reduce pollution during navigation. This result will be achieved through the adoption of new technologies both for propulsion equipment and for the use of silicone products for the hull.
The electrical supply of Caremar ferries for connections to the Gulf Islands will be operational as early as next year.
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