ESL Power Systems, Inc. Partners with France Based Company PROCONECT

CORONA, California, July 2022 – ESL Power Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement with PROCONECT, a French manufacturer specializing in industrial connectors. This partnership will allow ESL to utilize and distribute PROCONECT’s premier low and medium voltage push-pull receptacles and plugs; harnessing the expertise from both companies and providing advanced Shore Power Solutions for Cruise, Ferry, Ports and Container Terminals across all Americas.

Together, ESL and PROCONECT will offer safe, proven technology that is reliable, durable, and heavy duty for marine grade applications; in addition to offering compliance with local electrical regulations and codes.

This agreement grants ESL exclusive distribution in the Americas of PROCONECTs products for marine applications such as electrification of container handling equipment (ERTGs, RMGs, STS), and shore power for containers, ferries, cruise terminals and other types of vessels. ESL’s expertise and footprint in the market will offer PROCONECT customers local stock, support, and technical assistance.

PROCONECT CEO, Béatrice Barokhel states, “We are excited to be working with ESL and expanding PROCONECT’s reach for the port and maritime industry to the Americas. ESL’s custom solutions, excellence in customer service and dedication to innovation fall in line with PROCONECTS mission to serve our customers in a market that demands performance, timely delivery, and cost value.”

ESL President, Marcelo Gonzalez shares PROCONECT’s excitement. “We couldn’t be happier to work with a European company that supplies such a quality product to the port and shore power markets. We at ESL believe this partnership will provide our customers with the absolute best in quality connection for marine environments.”

For additional information or a project quote contact ESL’s Sales Team at:

About ESL Power Systems, Inc.
A 100% employee-owned company located in Corona, CA, ESL Power Systems, Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design and manufacturing of cord-connected electrical equipment for industrial and commercial applications and is known as best-in-class builders of Ship-to-Shore Power Equipment. ESL works with customers globally to build custom engineered solutions for commercial and military applications such as: Cruise Lines, Ferry Terminals, Navy/NATO Ships & Bases, USCG Ships & Bases, and Container Ships & Ports Barges.

Created in 1981, PROCONECT is a French company located in Orvault, France that specializes in the conception of industrial connectors. Thanks to its high interest for Research and Innovation, PROCONECT is a very dynamic, creative and speed reactive company serving a market with high demand in performance, cost, and delivery time. ISO 9001 certified since 1998, PROCONECT is also registered as a NATO supplier.

Portable Submarine Shore Power Hook-up Assemblies

Submarine Hook-up assemblies blog

For over 20 years, ESL has worked with the US Military worldwide to build custom engineered solutions for power distribution assemblies and ship-to-shore power applications.

The U.S. Military has been using Shore Power technology for decades. Sometimes referred to as cold-ironing, shore power enables ships to shut off their engines while in berth and plug into land-based power, thereby reducing on-board manpower requirements while in port.

ESL has manufactured 1600A 480V portable Submarine Hook-up assemblies designed to connect submarines to shore power while docked.  With Navy approved single pole 690A/600V receptacles, these assemblies serve as a safe connection/distribution point between the facility’s sub-station and the submarine shore power cable. ESL’s Submarine Hook-up assembly is built for compliance with NAVFAC E-SAFE PWBL-009 and 0010 480V Submarine Connect and Disconnect Operating Procedures.

Features include:

  • Internal common bus to minimize circuit imbalance
  • Overload and short circuit protection via 400A 480V circuit breakers (100% rated with shunt trip and aux contacts)
  • (8) 3 phase stainless-steel receptacle plates with 690A 600V rated 1-pole receptacles
  • Emergency stop buttons
  • Surge protection
  • Thermostat controlled dehumidistat/heaters

Constructed of sturdy and durable 12GA 304 stainless steel powder-coated (in compliance with IEEE C57.12.29 coating requirements), the Submarine Hook-up assembly is built to resist corrosion and abuse. Designed with the flexibility to move from one location to the next, this assembly comes with stainless steel pad eyes, steel I-beam base with forklift pockets and protective cage for enhanced portability. ESL’s 1600A 480V Submarine Hook-up assembly can be NRTL field labeled.

As a leading manufacturer of military shore power equipment, ESL strives to provide maximum utility in the smallest footprint possible. View ESL’s Shore Power Catalog for a sampling of ship-to shore products ESL has provided the US military.

Interested in past Shore Power projects? Read: U.S. Military Facility Outfitted with Shore Power Mound Assembly & Voice-Data Outlet Station

Product Highlight: ESL’s MIL-C-24368 Shore Power Plugs and Receptacles

Increases in maritime shipping and environmental pollution concerns have created a demand for ship-to-shore power solutions that comply with environmental restrictions in ports and harbors. Cold-ironing, a process of ships shutting down on-board generation and then plugging into shore-side power while in berth, can greatly reduce air pollution in neighboring areas.

According to some estimates, cold ironing removes more than three tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 350 pounds of particulate matter from the air in large metropolitan areas. The US Military has used this method for many decades to reduce on-board manpower requirements while in port.

With a continuous commitment to safety, innovation, value, and customer service, ESL continues to forge the way in ship-to-shore power connection solutions.  ESL’s most recent addition to our Shore Power product line includes our QPL listed MIL-C-24368 shore power plugs and receptacles which have NAVSEA qualification approval.

ESL builds the most durable MIL-C-24368/1 plugs on the market; we are the only manufacturer using 316SS passivated castings and all 316SS hardware. This reduces corrosion and increases longevity in harsh marine environments under extreme and demanding use.

ESL Shore Power plugs can be supplied factory-potted with 400MCM or 500MCM customer-specified cable types in lengths. The plug or individual plug components can also be furnished for on-site assembly or repair.ESL's MIL-C-24368/1 plug

Like our plug, ESL’s MIL-C-24368/2 receptacle is manufactured with the highest quality materials. Only ESL fabricates the heavy cast housing and cover from passivated 316SS.

ESL shore power receptacles are typically supplied factory-potted with 400MCM or 500MCM customer-specified cable type in various lengths. MIL-C-24368/2 receptacles can be supplied with 1 or 2 microswitches to enable a safe and convenient means to electrically interlock upstream breakers and connect/disconnect power.

ESL's MIL-C-24368/2 receptacle

ESL provides world-wide support to customers who need mating and disconnect capabilities for NATO shore-power capable vessels. Our commitment to high inventory levels and a responsive production team ensures quick delivery in order to support critical needs of our customers. Download our Shore Power Brochure for a complete listing of our products or feel free to contact us for assistance.


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