Hamburg Makes Major Green Expansion

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

The Port says that the expansion means it will now play a pioneering role in the field of alternative power supply.

From 2022 it will offer shore-based supply for mega-containerships and cruise liners; this power will be available at a total of eight connection points at Burchardkai, Europakai and Predolkai.

To deliver it, a shore-based power supply will be constructed at HafenCity – CC1 and Steinwerder – CC3.

All shore-based supply units will be connected to the power grid, in future 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.   

Hamburg First Mayor Peter Tschentscher had this to say about the announcement: “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.”

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