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Hamburg port to encourage electric power usage during ships' lay time

THE state government has given the green light to a large-scale expansion of shore-based power supply at the German port of Hamburg, in order to create suitable conditions for the switch from shipboard diesel power supply to electric power during a ship's lay times at the port

Hamburg port to encourage electric power usage during ships' lay time

THE state government has given the green light to a large-scale expansion of shore-based power supply at the German port of Hamburg, in order to create suitable conditions for the switch from shipboard diesel power supply to electric power during a ship's lay times at the port

15 October 2019 - 19:00

THE state government has given the green light to a large-scale expansion of shore-based power supply at the German port of Hamburg, in order to create suitable conditions for the switch from shipboard diesel power supply to electric power during a ship's lay times at the port.

From 2022 the port of Hamburg will offer shore-based power supply both for mega-containerships and cruise liners. Shore-based power will be available for box ships at a total of eight connection points located at Burchardkai, Europakai and Predohlkai. A shore-based power supply point will be constructed at HafenCity - CC1 and Steinwerder - CC3.



All shore-based supply units will be connected to the power grid, in future supplying vessels with regenerative current that will be converted at a central facility to normal shipboard 6.6 kV voltage and 60 Hz frequency, and fed to the connection points from there.



Use of shore-based power will make a significant contribution towards the attainment of climate targets in the shipping sector. The investment totals EUR76 million (US$83.75 million). Completion of the shore-based power units is planned for 2022, with regular operation from 2023.



Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher said in a release from port authorities: 'Expansion of shore-based power supply units in the port represents a significant and tangible step towards greater climate and environmental protection in Hamburg.



'Use of regenerative power from these units will totally eliminate existing CO2 and pollutant emissions from vessels during lay times. With today's decision, we are giving shipowners clarity and planning certainty for the essential refitting of their vessels.'



Mr Tschentscher continued: 'Sea trades are already the most economical and environment-friendly mode of transport for worldwide freight traffic. With our shore-based power project, we in Hamburg are acting as a role model and pioneer for other European ports in making maritime logistics as a whole more climate-friendly.'


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