First UK charging network for electric maritime vessels launched in Plymouth

A series of high power DC electric charging stations has been switched on around Plymouth Sound National Marine Park

27 April 2022

The UK’s first e-marine hub of shore-side charging facilities for electric maritime vessels has been unveiled in Plymouth.

A series of high power DC electric charging stations has been switched on in prominent locations along the perimeter of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.

This includes the world’s first 150kw charging facility at Mount Batten, the UK’s first 75kw site at Queen Anne’s Battery, and a 25kw installation at the Barbican landing stage.

Further installations are now being developed along the city’s waterfront, with additional sites also being identified in Devon and Cornwall with a view to providing electric charging facilities every 10 miles along the counties’ southern coastline.

The charging network has been created through the Marine e-Charging Living Lab (MeLL) initiative, a consortium led by the University of Plymouth in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Princess Yachts Limited and Aqua superPower

It directly responds to the UK government’s Clean Maritime Plan for maritime net zero and its drive to increase the UK’s current percentage of clean electricity to 100% by 2035.

It has also been designed to offer commercial enterprises of all sizes with a sustainable, cost-effective and time-effective means of making the switch from diesel to electric power.

Research by the University, carried out during the planning stage of the project, has shown the network has the potential to reduce port emissions by 96.60% in the next 30 years. As a result it could significantly cut the sector’s impact on the climate, and reduce the damage caused by harmful gases on both human and environmental health.

Barbican Landing Stage.   Image by University of Plymouth.

Queen Anne's Battery.   Image by University of Plymouth.

Mountbatten Ferry Terminal.   Image by University of Plymouth.

University of Plymouth press release