Hamburg extends shore-side power to container vessels

Cruise ships have been able to obtain shore power in Hamburg for some time now. In future, this will also apply to container ships.

At Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH), the CMA CGM Group’s “Vasco de Gama” was the first container ship to be regularly supplied with shore power. This was preceded by numerous tests with different systems and ships.[ds_preview]

“From 2025, all major cruise and container terminals in the Port of Hamburg will have corresponding connections,” said Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher. “This is unique in Europe to date and a major step towards reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions in the Port of Hamburg.”

Three times shore power at CTH

The system, which will operate at the CTH in the future, provides shore power for the terminal’s three mega-ship berths and has connections with a capacity of 7.5 MVA each. It supplies the ships with electricity from renewable energy supplied by the supplier HEnW from the public grid.

A total of around €13m was invested during the two-year development period. In addition to Hamburg’s share, the federal government contributed 50% of the costs via the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWI). The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is currently in the process of concluding corresponding usage agreements with the major shipping companies.

According to the Hamburg Senate, it intends to further expand the land-based energy supply. In the coming months, the HPA will put further facilities into operation, for example at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) and Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).

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