Toll’s port investment achieves greater energy efficiencies

Transport and logistics company, Toll Group, has committed to energy-efficient infrastructure at the Port of Burnie.

The company’s adoption of Shore Power Technology has been officially commissioned following a series of final operational tests and regulatory checks.

The project, part of Toll’s investment to upgrade the wharf and terminal facilities at the port, is reported to be an Australian first and will see Toll’s flagship vessels draw clean power from the state’s green energy grid while docked, limiting the need for diesel generators.

The new technology and infrastructure, according to Toll Group Executive General Manager Tasmania and Shipping, Steven Borg, made commercial and environmental sense with the switch to grid power expected to see the two vessel’s combined greenhouse gas emissions reduced by more than 5,500 tonnes per year and some 2,000 tonnes of diesel saved.

“Investment in our key infrastructure, like this project, ensures we’re able to deliver for our customers and support communities in an even more efficient and most importantly sustainable way,” said Borg.

The new infrastructure includes a new substation and cable dispenser, and a high voltage 11 kV power system for Toll’s terminal which has been designed and delivered in collaboration with TasNetworks and TasPorts. The new power system will also have the added benefit of increasing terminal refrigerated container capacity whilst improving overall environmental impact.

The new shore power system has been developed in collaboration between Vessel system providers Kongsberg Maritime Norway and WE Tech Solutions Finland and Quay side providers Siemens Australia/Germany and Cavotec Australia

In December, Toll announced its preparation plans for its Covid-19 vaccine response.