Aister collaborates in the project "Green Bay", first step towards a estuary of Vigo ZERO emissions
This is an ambitious plan that seeks to electrify navigation in the Vigo estuary and create an industrial ecosystem that provides technologies and components to local shipyards.
The private initiative of Astilleros AISTER, in collaboration with the Galician Naval Cluster Association (Aclunaga), the Galician Automotive Technology Center (CTAG) and the Port Authority of Vigo, has launched the "Green Bay" project, an ambitious plan that seeks to electrify navigation in the Vigo estuary and create an industrial ecosystem that provides technologies and components to local shipyards.
The goal is to eliminate CO2 emissions from commercial activity in the waters of the Vigo estuary, both from port activities such as passenger traffic or aquaculture vessels. Once this model is developed, AISTER wants to lead the environmental transition in European coastal areas.
For this project, synergies will be established between the shipbuilding experience of the Rías Baixas, and the technological development of the Galician automotive industry, more advanced in the field of batteries and vehicle autonomy. Vigo is the Galician epicenter of the automotive industry, with the presence for more than 60 years of the Stellantis factory, the only one in Europe with two production lines, and a conglomerate of more than 200 auxiliary companies and technology centers.
In addition to the electrification of the ship and the supply of components, "Green Bay" envisages the installation of battery recharging points in port. The development of this technology, therefore, involves not only the ship operator, but also the administrations that manage the ports, as well as the energy suppliers that will have to offer solutions adapted to the needs of the users.
To address this electrification project, AISTER has focused on navigation within the Vigo estuary (Inland waters) and has identified the vessels in which it is most feasible to apply this technology. Mussel boats or inland traffic would be candidates for full electrification, due to their planned and recurrent routes. Vessels such as tugboats or port pilots could incorporate hybrid propulsion, as they require greater power and autonomy at specific times.
The work of "Green Bay" goes beyond the coast, aiming to integrate with electric public transport in the city of Vigo, to achieve an origin-destination experience free of polluting emissions.