Vessels berthing at the Italian port of Genoa will be able to plug into the national grid following a EUR 8m ($9.82m) infrastructure deal.

The Italian subsidiary of Japan-based Nidec Corporation has signed a contract with the West Ligurian Sea Port Authority to design and construct the shore-to-ship project.

Nidec says the project is in response to the need for authorities to comply with directives of the European Union, which has been pressing for the adoption of shore-to-ship electrical systems to cut vessel emissions in ports.