The Port of Leith has become the first large mainland commercial port in Scotland to provide a shore power connection.
he Victoria 1, which is currently being provided by the Scottish Government to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, is the first vessel to receive this connection within the Imperial Dock in the Port of Leith.
The electrical network in the port has been extended and integrated to the vessel’s systems though a PSW Power & Automation shore power transformer.
This setup is being further developed in the port’s Harbour Berth where it will be offered to offshore construction vessels which use Leith as their home port. This further expansion will be online later this month.
The Port of Leith is currently undergoing a major transformation to create Scotland’s largest renewable hub, including the development of a new deep water outer berth which will also be shore power enabled.
David Webster, Director of Energy at Forth Ports said on the occasion:
This major civil engineering project to introduce shore power in Leith is a significant milestone for our business in Scotland and we are pleased that the Victoria 1 is now powered by mains electricity