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Docked ships in La Gomera “keeping people awake with engine noise” 

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La Gomera Cabildo is urging the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to urgently eliminate nocturnal noises produced by the auxiliary engines of the ships that remain in port.

Casimiro Curbelo is seeking the activation of the electrification service for ships in the Port of San Sebastián de La Gomera. This follows the “continuous annoyances that residents and tourists continue to suffer during the nights”.

Sr. Curbelo recalled that the insular institution moved this problem to the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, who awarded in August 2017 the execution of this work with an investment of 398,000 euros. However, he regretted that even after these works “we continue to suffer from the drawbacks of the lack of connection of the vessels to the electrical distribution system”.

“The geographical location of the port, just at the mouth of the ravine, increases the projection of noise that is perceptible anywhere in San Sebastian,” he said.The leader advanced that he has moved this problem back to the Port Authority, to whom he has asked to intensify the procedures in order to facilitate the nocturnal connection that avoids noise. “If we already have the right infrastructure, now we must give the conditions for companies to connect ships,” he said.

He referred to the importance of this port infrastructure, which annually passes more than 1.3 million passengers and serves as a connection with other ports in the province, as well as being a stopover of almost 100 cruise ships. For these reasons he reiterated an “urgent solution that provides comfort to citizens and energy savings to shipping companies.”

The investment made in the port has allowed the cons-truction of a transformer for the supply to the ships. Likewise, it has been equipped with a cable management system with fixed installation and a maximum power of 750 kVA