ELEMED: Neptune Lines explores cold ironing opportunities

On 29th January 2018 in Koper, local stakeholders, delegates from marine & energy industry, representatives from port authorities and governmental bodies as well as elemed project partners gathered to discuss the opportunities for on-shore electric power supply technologies in port of Koper. The EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, during the event opening, underlined European Commission’s plans to offer additional funds to ports who seek investments in applying technologies promoting alternative energy sources.

Nikos Paterakis, Neptune Lines Chief Operating Officer was there to express the shipowner's voice. His presentation focused on the opportunities as well as the challenges for the shipowner's side regarding cold ironing solutions, mainly discussing the discount and financial incentives for vessels using electrification technologies. The elemed work on formulating an effective regulatory framework promoting electricity as marine fuel and available funding opportunities and schemes that could be valuable for attracting the necessary investments for ports were also presented by elemed project partners. Specific emphasis was given to Slovenia, focusing on the potential of exploiting marine renewables, as well as the outcomes of the technical studies, developed within the project framework, for the application of cold-ironing technologies at Port of Koper. “Slovenia has a clear vision to become one of the greenest countries in terms of transport by 2030”, concluded Peter Gasperic, Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure.

The elemed project is a consortium of Cyprus, Greece and Slovenia, comprised by a team of experts from the marine, engineering and academic sector. The project prepares the ground for the introduction of cold ironing, electric bunkering and hybrid ships across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea corridor, with the ultimate target of eliminating emissions and noise in ports and surrounding urban area.