Being one of the busiest ports in the UK, the energy consumption of Southampton Port was excessive. Associated British Ports (ABP) believed this could be changed. They asked Abacus to provide a solution for which AAA-LUX LED luminaires were selected.
Located on the south coast, Southampton Port is one of the UK’s leading ports and home to the UK’s second largest container terminal. With a large amount of traffic coming through the port, a lighting system that worked around port operations and offered effective, secure and efficient lighting was required.
ABP requested Abacus to provide a solution that would be reliable and energy efficient that could sustain the 24-hour operations. Energy saving LED lighting was the ideal solution to cover all areas required on the 12 acre plot and tail compound, with a mixture of AAA-LUX AL-Series floodlights being used at 30m high and Apollo LED lanterns used at 10m high.
The AL-Series is designed specifically for large area lighting and has already been installed in all the main ports in the Netherlands. These high performance LED fittings effectively distribute light across large areas, with highly efficient optics, reducing wasted light and glare.
Glare reduction on a port site is vital as employees who operate heavy duty equipment often to lift large containers, require visual clarity at all times for safe operations. This high powered 1.5kW luminaire can be mounted at greater heights, such as on the Abacus 30m Raise and Lower Winch (RLW) mast, and still achieve full lighting potential.
The AL-Series excellent light control means that the number of masts and lighting points required on site is reduced, further adding to the energy saving capabilities obtained through switching and dimming. In addition to this, the ability to control the systems via wireless methods results in minimal cabling thus; reducing installation time and electrical gear inside the mast.
The use of RLW masts at Southampton is ideal for ABP as the headframe, lighting and maintenance are all contained in close quarters to the mast, keeping any equipment out of walkways or work roads. Maintenance of floodlighting with this mast takes a shorter period of time, reducing downtime and enabling port operations to continue, according to schedule.
Working alongside contractors Aggregate Industries and ABP, Abacus’ lighting solution has enabled those working in the 12 acre area and tail compound at Southampton port to continue to do so safely under reliable and controllable LED lighting.