Shore-based power units for Hamburg receive state government approval

Shore-based power units for Hamburg receive state government approval
Shore-based power will be available from 2022

Hamburg’s state government has approved a large-scale expansion of shore-based power supply at the Port of Hamburg to help facilitate a shift from shipboard diesel power supply to ecological electric power during lay times.

The port aims to be the first in Europe to offer shore-based power supply for both cruise liners and mega-containerships from 2022 with a total of eight connection points for containerships located at Burchardkai, Europakai and Predöhlkai.

Hamburg first mayor Peter Tschentscher said: “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 the existing CO2 and pollutant emissions from vessels during laytimes… we are giving shipowners clarity and planning certainty for the essential refitting of their vessels.”

Additionally, availability of shore-based power will be extended to all existing cruise terminals. 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 a normal shipboard 6.6 kV voltage and 60 Hz frequency, and fed to the connection points from there.

The investment totals around €76m (US$84.7m) and while completion of the shore-based power units is planned for 2022, regular operation is expected from 2023.

Tschentscher added: “By extending shore-based power supply in the port, Hamburg is demonstrating that climatic protection need not be simply a matter for discussion, but also for actual implementation.”

The city of Hamburg has also invested in the construction of new underground and suburban rail lines, the provision of infrastructure for operation of 100% emission-free buses and the systematic expansion of infrastructure for e-mobility.