Shore-Side Power Supply For Container Ships In The Port Of Hamburg


Hamburg is a European pioneer in shore-side power supply, and after several years of successfully supplying cruise ships in the Port of Hamburg with shore-side power, the technology is now also being used for cargo ships. This makes the Port of Hamburg the first port in Europe to offer shore power for both container and cruise ships.

Today, the “Vasco de Gama” (IMO 9706889) of the CMA CGM Group, the global player for sea, land, air and logistics solutions, became the first container ship to be regularly supplied with shore power at Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH).

Hamburg’s Minister of Economic and Labour Affairs, Dr Melanie Leonhard: “Together with shipping companies, port and terminal operators, we are on the way to more sustainability in shipping. The Port of Hamburg can rely on long-standing and reliable business relationships with valued partners. Cooperation between the various players is essential to promote decarbonisation and the spread of technology. This example shows that it is helpful to join forces with industry players to achieve common goals as a port, as a metropolis and as a shipping company”.

Emmanuel Delran, Vice President Operations Efficiency, CMA CGM Group: “By supplying ships at berth with shore power, we are jointly making another important contribution to cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions in the Port of Hamburg.”

Plan will operate at CTH 

The plant, which will operate at CTH, will provide shore-side power to the terminal’s three mega-ship berths and has connections with a capacity of 7.5 MVA each. It will supply the ships with renewable energy from the public grid, supplied by HEnW.

The Senate intends to further expand the shore-side power facilities. In the coming months, the Hamburg Port Authority will commission further facilities, e.g. at Container Terminal Burchardkai and Container Terminal Altenwerder, and gradually expand the range of services offered.

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Source: Port Of Hamburg