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Plug connects offshore vessels to shore power in Scotland for the first time


Montrose Port Authority (MPA) has become the first port in Scotland to provide a groundbreaking shore power service for offshore energy supply vessels which will greatly reduce harmful emissions, noise pollution and fuel consumption. The innovation takes MPA closer to reaching its ambition of becoming Scotland’s first carbon neutral port.

Plug Montrose, is the result of a pioneering £1 million investment and collaboration between Montrose Port Authority and Plug Shore Power Ltd, the UK-based branch of Plug AS. This 50/50 self-funded joint venture marks Plug's first venture in the UK.

Montrose Port Authority's decision to invest in shore power stems from its commitment to reducing scope 3 emissions to meet its aim of becoming Scotland’s first carbon-neutral port as well as the demand for the service from regularly visiting vessels accustomed to such facilities in ports outside the UK, most notably in Norway.

The shore power facility is now operational on berths 1 and 2 at Montrose Port, following a significant upgrade to the port's substation and quayside infrastructure carried out by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). Most notably, the inaugural connection to the facility during the testing phase was made by the Norwegian vessel, Magne Viking, from Viking Supply Ships. This vessel holds special significance as it is a frequent visitor to Montrose Port and even made a feature in Christopher Nolan’s 2020 film, Tenet. A seven-foot-long scale model of the Magne Viking made entirely of LEGO bricks and built by Montrose Port employee, Jim McDonough, sits in MPA’s office entranceway as a unique tribute to the vessel.

Captain Tom Hutchison, Chief Executive of Montrose Port Authority, expressed his pride for achieving this port milestone, stating: "The launch of shore power at berths 1 and 2 represents a transformative moment for us at Montrose Port Authority and the wider Scottish maritime industry. 

“By embracing innovative solutions like shore power, we are not only reducing our environmental footprint but also positioning Montrose Port as a leader in sustainable port operations. 

“With the service now live and our ability to track emission reduction through Plug’s bespoke administration system, we are excited about the potential of expanding this facility to all berths at our Port."

Chief Executive Officer of Plug, Maria Bos, commented: “This milestone represents not only a significant achievement in sustainable maritime practices but also a testament to the power of collaboration. Witnessing the construction of the facility and the first vessels connecting to it is a moment of pride for us all.

“We eagerly anticipate the positive impact this facility will have on the environment and for the town of Montrose. We are excited to track the usage and witness the tangible benefits it brings, reaffirming our commitment to sustainability and innovation in the maritime sector. 

“We are looking forward to continuing to support Montrose Port in reaching its ambition of becoming Scotland’s first carbon neutral port, as well as expanding our business to other ports in the UK.”

When asked to comment on the venture, Mark Wilson, HSE & Operations Director at  Offshore Energies UK (OEUK), the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore energy industry, said: “Supply chain led innovation lies at the core of a successful homegrown energy transition, and this is a great example of companies collaborating to accelerate the drive towards reducing carbon emissions to support the delivery of net zero ambitions.”

For more information, please contact:
Maria Bos - CEO in Plug, tlf. 975 78 136