System for supplying electricity to ships at Port of La Goulette under study
16/07/2019 21:28, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)-Tunisia is preparing to organise in September 2019, an international conference on carrying out a study on the establishment of a system of supply of electricity to ships at the port of La Goulette, in order to reduce polluting emissions, said Tuesday, Transport Minister Hichem Ben Ahmed.

The project, which is part of Tunisian-French cooperation and allows Tunisia to benefit from the experience of the city of Marseille in this field, added Ben Ahmed in a statement on the sidelines of his meeting with a delegation of businessmen from the Alpes Côte d'Azur region (France).

For his part, Remaud Muselier, head of the French delegation, said that his delegation's visit to Tunisia, from July 14 to 16, 2019, aimed to examine ways of combating pollution caused by ships and encouraging the reduction of gas emissions, as well as to study the possibility of supplying ships with electricity at the port of La Goulette.

For his part, Director of the port of Marseille, Hervé Martel, recalled the two agreements concluded in 2018, the first of which, signed with the CTN, concerned the development of ship equipmentand the second, concluded with the port of La Goulette, provides for the installation of the infrastructure necessary to supply ships with electricity.

Discussions on this project are progressing but the necessary funding must be found, he said, noting that the project is symbolic for both countries, especially as it is the first of its kind in the Mediterranean.

The port of La Goulette welcomes more than 600 passenger ships, 700 thousand passengers and 50 thousand trailer trucks annually, according to its director Mohamed Omrane.

The port administration is working to remedy the deficiencies and increase the space, he noted, noting that it has been able to identify new spaces, some of which were previously intended for seized goods. In 2019, it recovered about 12,000 m2, including 8,000 m2 covered, which increased the port's capacity by an additional 500 cars to 3,000 vehicles, he added.

The partnership project between the ports of La Goulette and Marseille, which will enable ships to use electrical energy, follows studies carried out by the port of Marseille, which have shown that the pollutants produced by a single ship during a single voyage are the equivalent of what is produced by 50 thousand cars.

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