New Tanker: Tern Island Makes Emission-Free Port Operations Possible
The Swedish tanker operator Terntank's new product tanker TERN ISLAND arrived at the port of Gothenburg on 10th February, making environmental and maritime history by performing emission-free port operations.
This was made possible by a new electric supply hybrid system that includes a battery pack, on the shore power supply, and a DC-link system reported to reduce the power required for performing the port operations by 99%. The electric supply from the port is designed and implemented in the port of Gothenburg, it is said to be the first such system in the world and is expected to become the norm in the coming years. Tern Island is also wholly biofuel compatible. In addition to this, the main engine, auxiliary engine, and boiler are designed to mitigate environmental impact and reduce emissions. This vessel was designed by Terntank and Kongsberg Maritime CM AS at the China Merchant Jinling Shipyard. This vessel is the first 15000 DWT tanker in the Terntank Hybrid Solution series.
TERN ISLAND also improves on the efficiency when operating on fossil fuels. By improving hull and rudder design and utilizing 30% Biogas, there is a 97% reduction in NOX, 99% reduction in SOX, 99% reduction in particulate matter, and 70% reduction in CO2. In addition to this, the tanker also allows peak shaving enabling even more significant emission reduction. The battery packs keep the network alive in case of blackouts and provide a reserve for power generation, reducing the need for parallel running generators.