In March 2017 Hurtigruten ship owner ordered a 2 MW 1 KV PLUG solution for Hurtigruten Spitsbergen and the Bergen terminal. An additional order to equip “Kong Harald “followed.
The Main challenge for this project was to develop a very compact ship side solution and a quay side one flexible enough to be compatible with other Hurtigruten vessels calling in Bergen and the other west Norwegian ports they are calling at, such as Trondheim, Bodo, Kirkenes, etc.
For this NG3 proposed a 2000 A 1KV contact technology, which among other benefits, avoid the need of an onboard step-down transformer. A solution which is also proposed for the fast charging of electric propulsion ferries in Norway
To match Hurtigruten different shore power interfaces, both in terms of frames and deck location., the Bergen quay side interface was built with a mast mounted on a moving platform.
The whole connection process is automated so shore power can be established from the first to the last minute of the call, maximizing the economical and environmental return on investment