Shore Power for Ocean-going Vessels

This page reviewed February 11, 2013

Shore Power Photos

Below are a few examples of equipment used for shore power. These photos were taken at California ports showing some of the shore power equipment as it is currently used. Click on a photo to see a larger copy.

Reels

Vessels connect to shore power through long cables that are spooled on reels. The picture on the left is from an early shore power barge. The picture on the right is a ship side cable reel.

barge cable reel shore side cable reel

Connectors

Shore power cables use specialized connectors to hook into a vessel. The picture on the left is a from a ship side connection. The picture on the right is from a shore side connection.

ship power connector shore power connector

Cables

There are a variety of techniques for connecting to shore power. In the picture on the left, a cable is being lowered from a dedicated shore power container to the terminal. In the picture on the right, a cable is being lowered from a cable reel located on deck.

Cable reel in a container ship side reel

Power Equipment

The picture on the left is of an electrical transformer on a vessel. The picture on the right shows electrical equipment located on the shore side.

onboard transformer shore side power equipment
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