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Energy supply systems for shore power supply in ports

igus® has been developing and manufacturing customised cable management systems for the maritime industry and shore power for many years. Around the world, our team provides consultancy services and assistance with planning, installation, inspection and a spare parts service.

Every port is unique: different tides, terminal design and equipment vary from port to port, terminal to terminal and vessel to vessel. Every day the port handles different ships of different sizes with different loading, moored in different locations with different shore power supply requirements. Reduced planning efforts and efficient handling of freight are important for the success of a port. Shore power connections have to be compliant with this highly dynamic port environment. However, they must not restrict the operation of the port.

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Shore power solutions for terminals and ships

Container terminals and vessels

Container terminal Flexible and durable
  • Mobile shore power connections for full flexibility
  • Slip ring-free cable guidance systems for a long service life

Offshore terminals and vessels

Offshore vessels Specific or universal
  • Cable guidance systems for fast connection and a wide range of applications - stationary or mobile
  • Find out how the e-spool® gives greater flexibilty

LNG terminals

LNG terminals Reliable under the toughest conditions
  • Modular energy chains for the use between jetty and FSU/FSRU
  • Robust with a defined bend radius

Use at container terminals

The handling capacity at the quay wall determines whether the terminal is profitable. With daily arrivals and departures, flexible planning of the ships' berthing positions is therefore absolutely essential.

As the cable management system on board the vessel can be located in various places and the maximum extension length is limited (35-55m), stationary shore power connections on the quay restrict the connection area. The igus mobile SPO technology, offers flexibility for your terminal and helps you save costs.
Container terminal

Our system solutions for shore power supply

e-spool® cable reel

e-chain reel
  • Flexibility for existing and new shore power connections
  • Protected cable guidance
  • Increases safety and durability
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e-spool® shore power

e-spool shore power
  • Slip ring-free system
  • Resistant to seawater, cold, heat and vibrations
  • Maintenance and lubrication-free and easy to inspect
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Long travels for mobile SPO

e-spool® shore power
  • Travels of 800m and more possible
  • Proven technology, longer service life, cost-efficient
  • Modular design
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Connection for LNG Power Barge

Shore power connection for LNG Power Barge
  • Pollutant reduction
  • Longer service life and cost-efficient
  • Increases safety
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Offshore energy chain

Shore power connection for LNG Power Barge
  • Durable, robust and still flexible
  • For installation, inspection and maintenance
  • Resistant to corrosion, seawater and oil
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e-loop® e-chain® system

Modular e-loop energy chain system
  • Can be opened and closed as required
  • All parts are individually replaceable
  • Simple maintenance
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Solutions for shore power supply on board

For container shipping, the IEC 80005-1 standard states that the cable feed system be installed on the ship. Container ships sail on all the world's seas and withstand wind and weather under extremely tough conditions.
The cable guidance system is carried on board, either as a semi-mobile system in a 40‘HC container in a container space near the stern of the ship, or as a permanently installed system usually located amidships depending on the position of the engine room.The igus e-spool offers the necessary specifications, is flexible to use and requires little maintenance.
Container ship

More and more ports are confronted with an increased public awareness of environmental issues. Stricter guidelines are forcing ports to implement more environmentally friendly technologies. Our customised energy supply systems for providing vessels at berth with shore power are the solution to reduce air pollution, noise and vibration. An international standard ensures compatibility of shore power connection for different types of vessels at any port in the world. IEC 80005-1 defines the standard for medium-voltage connections and IEC 80005-3 for supply of low-voltage connections.

Requirements for shore power connections:

  • Convenient handling
  • Flexible and manoeuvrable
  • Space-saving even in difficult installation spaces
  • Long-lasting and resistant to outside influences
e-spool shore power

Innovative energy supply technology

The e-spool shore power is a motorised cable drum equipped with a twisterchain module instead of a slip ring to enable a continuous cable course throughout the system. It is low-maintenance and easy to inspect as it contains fewer vulnerable electrical components and is resistant to seawater, cold, heat and vibrations.
The e-spool shore power offers direct, uninterrupted cable guide system from the control cabinet to the connector, and is ideal for demanding weather conditions.
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Special requirements in offshore and LNG areas

Offshore terminals and ships place high demands on the flexibility and reliability of energy chain solutions, especially in combination with extreme weather conditions and changing berthing positions. LNG terminals, on the other hand, require robust and low-maintenance shore power supply systems that can cope with the challenges of long distances, harsh environmental conditions and constant operational readiness, for which the OSC energy supply system is ideal. Both areas need systems that can compensate for movements due to tides, wind and waves and implement emergency mechanisms. Such a system can also be found in our user report on the FSU in Bahrain.


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Where is shore power used?

As an environmentally friendly alternative to supplying power to ships in the port, shore power is a decisive factor in reducing the environmental impact on the port area. The regulation issued by the European Union, which requires shore power in most cases, makes the challenge for port operators even more important. This leads to pressure to provide functional solutions at the quayside, which will increase in the coming years.

Cold ironing will therefore be mandatory at all major EU ports in future, affecting not only cargo vessels but also cruise ships. The requirements for the application differ in terms of the length of idle time, the need for flexible connections and also the type of power supply, particularly with regard to voltage and plug-in connections. igus offers various systems that meet the requirements of port operators and specifications of cable feed systems on board ships. 


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