Swedish shipping bodies join forces
On Monday the three most significant bodies in Swedish shipping ? the Swedish Maritime Administration, Ports of Sweden and the Swedish Shipowners' Association, signed an agreement to stimulate greater use of onshore power supply.
The ceremony took place at the Port of Gothenburg, which was the first port in World to use high-voltage, onshore power supply. The Port of Gothenburg is also a driving force in the World Ports Climate Initiative, where the port is leading the way in developing onshore power supply.
Also attending the ceremony was a representative from the government, Lena Asplund, Moderate Party MP and party fiscal affairs spokeswoman. She explained that the government is in agreement that onshore power supply will not be subject to tax. This makes Sweden the first country in the world to abolish the tax.
At present around ten vessels are supplied with onshore power supply in Gothenburg, including the vessels operated by the pulp and paper group Stora Enso, which have been linked since 2000, as well as several Stena Line ferries.
The Port of Gothenburg is also planning to extend the power supply to more berths in line with the increase in demand.