PLUG : A world first !



PLUG is an acronym for “Power Generation during Loading and Unloading”, as early as 2010, on Color Magic, it was the world’s first “hands off” solution to connect a ship to shore power, making the connection/disconnection both safe and fast…

In 2015, on Folgefonn we were the first to use a video-tracking solution to make these operations automatically...

In 2018 we were the first to provide, on SpitsBergen, a 2000 Ampères power exchange capability…

In 2019, we equipped Color Hybrid the world’s largest hybrid propulsion vessel, recharging its batteries in 25 minutes !

Right now, more than 15 vessels are equipped, or will be equipped, with PLUG, and the ship and quay side PLUG interfaces we delivered accumulated more than 60 years of shore power operations (and still counting) !

We propose two different types of contacts :

  • 11 000 Volt , up 700 Ampère
  • 1 000 Volt , up to 2 000 Ampère

Connection /disconnection operations are very fast , typically less than a minute.

PLUG relies on an innovative self mating / de mating connector technology, which beyond safety and superior speed of operations allows an extremely compact and low cost installation on board (typically less than one frame space), making shore power affordable , even for retrofit case on existing ships.
On the terminal side, PLUG technology can be easily tailored to site specific constraints, such as tide, quay geometry, etc…
PLUG design is flexible and can be tailored to your exact needs, in particular the size of the contacts and connector can be downsized to meet small electric ,river bus solutions.


See PLUG leaflet

PLUG Leaflet

PLUG is the solution of choice for large ROPAX vessels , with either Diesel or Hybrid propulsion, such as the Color Line or Hurtigruten vessels…

PLUG is the solution of choice for Cruise vessels such as the Havila, hybrid propulsion, new built vessels, covering both hotel loads and battery charging…

PLUG is the solution for short crossing double ended ROPAX , such as Folgefonn, providing an automated shore power connection without any impact on the passenger and payload area…

PLUG is, as well, to be considered for LNG carriers and bunkering vessels as it offers the automated emergency release capability required for these vessels…
For cruise ships and container carrier vessels, PLUG offers a solution with a CAPEX and OPEX 4 times lower than standard, manual handling, solutions…


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