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Bremen to provide shore power for maritime shipping

Bremen to provide shore power for maritime shipping
Bremerhaven

Bremen’s senate has resolved to create comprehensive additional shore power supply facilities at the ports of Bremen, including the provision of eight stationary shore power supply units for maritime shipping.

The senate has also planned to implement two additional connections for inland shipping by the year 2023, with total investment for all new connections amounting to €32.4m (US$36.4m).

Dr Claudia Schilling, senator for Science and Ports, stated: “The creation of shore power connections for maritime shipping is another step forward and an important milestone in our endeavours to become a green, climate-neutral port.

“Accordingly, the electricity for these permanently installed shore power connections will come entirely from renewable energy sources.”

Bremenports and the Fischereihafen operating company had already identified particularly suitable locations both in the Überseehafen area in Bremen itself and at Fischereihafen in Bremerhaven and conducted detailed assessments of the technical feasibility and the costs involved.

Two shore power supply units will be installed by the end of 2023 in the container throughput area in the city of Bremen, another one installed in the roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) area and one at the cruise terminal.

At Fishcereihafen, three facilities for government vessels and one for research shipping will be installed.

The provision of shore power has focused on the port, service vessels and inland shipping to date.

Most of the berths for these sectors in Bremen and Bremerhaven have already been equipped with the necessary plant.

The new investment plan will create another two facilities for inland shipping at Bremen to ensure all the relevant mooring points for river traffic will then be equipped with shore power connections.

Half of the ten new connections will be funded by the Federal Land of Bremen, with the other half funded by the federal government on the basis of an administrative agreement to be signed between the federal and state governments.

Back in autumn 2019, Schilling signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding improvement of the framework conditions for the use of shore power at the ports.

She added: “I am pleased to say that this MoU is now being followed by tangible measures and that here at the ports of Bremen, we are not taking merely a small step, but a giant leap forward.”

However the senator has also appealed to shipowners to design and operate more eco-friendly fleets on the whole by, for example, retrofitting as many vessels as possible or commissioning new ships with the appropriate equipment for the use of shore power.

Schilling said: “We can only achieve our goal of clean shipping if everyone involved makes a concerted effort. The more ports that provide shore power, the more cost effective it will be for the shipping companies to adapt their vessels.

“Ships spend most of their time at sea, so it is only logical that more attention has to be paid to the use of new, low-emission or emission-free propulsion systems to back up the measures in place at the ports.”