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DWF advises on first ever electric shore charging station

03 October 2022

DWF's Energy team has advised Net Zero Marine Services (NZMS) on the first ever high-capacity, electric shore power station for vessels using the tidal Thames in a deal that was engineered by the Port of London Authority (PLA). 

Partner Shane Toal and a team comprising of Darren Walsh, Global Co-Head of Energy and Paul Brown, Partner advised NZMS on all legal aspects of the project to enable them to install the first charging point at West India Pier (London), with another set to follow. 

NZMS is leading the transition to net zero emissions in the marine environment delivering renewable energy and shore power solutions. By using renewable sources of electricity, the charging points in this project will also be available to power other plant and equipment using the river. This is a major step forward in their work to decarbonise the river Thames and deliver Net Zero. The facilities will significantly reduce diesel consumption by the river’s fleet and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the first of its kind in the UK and the first high capacity, electric, shore power station for vessels using the tidal Thames. These stations are essential for attracting more carbon-neutral, electric and hybrid vessels to the Thames, a fast-emerging market, and it is hoped this will be a catalyst for further green investment in the future of the tidal Thames. 

Shane Toal, Partner and DWF's project lead said, "It was great to support NZMS. We share their values on carbon reduction, and are delighted to be supporting them in unlocking the benefits for businesses and communities alike".

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