Looking to reduce shore side emissions from vessels, the Port of Dunkirk has inaugurated its cold ironing facilities, with the arrival of CMA CGM’s APL Singapura at the Terminal des Flandres.
By plugging into an onshore electricity supply, container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers.
This innovative technology has significant environmental benefits, including zero emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides and fine particles while ships are at berth and significantly reduced noise pollution.
The cold ironing system installed at the Terminal des Flandres will become fully operational during the first half of 2020.
Christine Cabau Woehrel, executive vice president in charge of industrial assets – CMA CGM Group, stated: “Given CMA CGM’s steadfast commitment to installing more environmentally responsible solutions on board its vessels, the group supports cold ironing and we will continue to equip our fleet accordingly.
“We are ready to test this system with other European port authorities that are committed to using cold ironing at their container ship terminals, as the Port of Dunkirk has successfully done.”
Stéphane Raison, chairman of the Port of Dunkirk Executive Board, added: “Our decision to develop this particularly innovative solution allowing container ships to plug into onshore power at the Terminal des Flandres is in line with the pro-active environmental policy that the Port of Dunkirk has been pursuing for many years.”
Actemium, a consortium of two companies (Brest and Boulogne) was selected to deliver the shore power technology, which features a capacity of 8 MW, enough to power nearly 1,000 homes.
The cold ironing system’s design allows it to fit into six 40 ft containers, converting the public electricity supply for use by ships at port.
The operation was co-financed by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region (via the European Regional Development Fund), and the Port of Dunkirk.
The CMA CGM Group covered the cost of the equipment needed to connect the vessel, which it noted, is in line with its efforts to support energy transition in the shipping industry.