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18 May 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 05:21 GMT+2

May 11, 2022

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FEPORT, the installation, management and maintenance of cold ironing plants must be borne by the institutions Public

For the federation, terminal operators will be able to offer them on voluntary basis where there is a return on investment

FEPORT, the federation representing port terminal operators European private individuals, invited the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European Parliament to specify clearly in the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) which port stakeholder is responsible installation of cold ironing systems in ports, that allow ships to connect to the shore-based power grid and to turn off the on-board engines in order to reduce significantly greenhouse gas emissions.

The federation has highlighted that when implementing a policy ambitious aimed at the installation of cold ironing systems is essential that the financial and operational responsibilities of each party concerned is clearly defined. To this FEPORT clarified that, in view of the operational complexity and the funding needed to the installation of these systems and other infrastructures for alternative fuels, port authorities and port management, supported by Member States, should be held responsible for the installation, management and maintenance of these systems, while terminal operators can offer cold ironing on a voluntary basis where a return on investment.

The federation has however specified that the success of the plan installation of these systems will depend on the involvement of many stakeholders, including companies maritime, local authorities, port authorities and electricity companies. Finally, according to FEPORT, to avoid waste of public resources, the "Fit for 55" legislation should include sufficient assurances that the infrastructure offered is actually used by ships calling at ports of the EU.

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