Scotland’s Montrose Port opens shore charging facilities for OSVs

The newly opened shore power facility at Scotland's Port of Montrose
Photo: Montrose Port Authority

The Port of Montrose has become the first port in Scotland to provide a shore power service for offshore support vessels (OSVs).

The new facility is the result of a £1 million (US$1.25 million) investment and collaboration between Montrose Port Authority and Plug Shore Power, the UK-based branch of Norwegian shore power and maritime charging company Plug.

The shore power facility is now operational on berths one and two at Montrose Port, following a significant upgrade to the port’s substation and quayside infrastructure carried out by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. The first vessel to connect to the facility is Magne Viking, an OSV operated by Viking Supply Ships of Norway.

Construction of the new shore charging facility is in line with Montrose Port’s goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral port in Scotland.

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