Germany’s Kiel Port pens new shore power facility at Ostseekai
In an effort to reduce hundreds of tons of CO2 pollution and become one of the greenest ports in Europe, Germany's Port of Kiel has opened a new shore power facility.
On 9 December 2020, Kiel Mayor Ulf Kämpfer and Council Member Doris Grondke, together with Port of Kiel Managing Director Dirk Claus, as well as architects and lighting designers, presented the LED wall at the new onshore power plant building at the Ostseekai Terminal.
“The Port of Kiel thus makes a major contribution to the realisation of our climate protection strategy – the 100% Climate Protection Masterplan. The onshore power supply plant is an important milestone on the way to become the most ecological port in Europe," stated Kiel’s Mayor Ulf Kämpfer.
The facility was co-funded by the Schleswig-Holstein State Government (EUR 8,9 million) and the EU (EUR 1,26 million). Moreover, Germany's federal government recently settled on a political package aimed at dramatically lowering user costs for on-shore electricity.
The Port of Kiel also opened its first shore power supply plant for commercial vessels on the Norwegenkai in May of last year. This made it possible to supply emission-free electric power to Color Line's large cruise-ferries docking at the terminal.
The inauguration also marks the official opening of Swedish ferry operator Stena Line's onshore power supply in Kiel.
Overall, Stena Line is reducing its Shore Power CO2 emissions by 13,000 tonnes per year. The new Kiel shore power plant provides 100% renewable energy, thus also preventing NOX, SOX and particulate emissions during the port stay of the ships mentioned above.
In addition to Kiel, Stena Line has the ability to connect its two terminals in Gothenburg as well as in Karlskrona, Norvik, Trelleborg and Hoek van Holland to the shore power supply, saving 13,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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