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.
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.
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.
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.
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.