Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation, is pleased with the commitment of the German government: “The funding granted by the federal government demonstrates the importance of our pilot project. The emissions from ships during their waiting times in ports must be further reduced in the future. We feel confirmed in our efforts. “
Better Air for HamburgJens Kerstan, Hamburg Minister of the Environment: “The plant in Altona is an important element in order to achieve tangible results in Hamburg’s air quality. By using shore power, we want to minimise a major source of air pollutants in the port, i.e. particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. With the port being located near to the city centre, it is particularly important not to allow the ship’s engines to run on the quay. But we also know that this is just the beginning for a clean energy supply on the quay. “
Integrated approach to alternative energy supply
The shore power plant in Altona is part of the overall concept for alternative energy supply of cruise ships in the port of Hamburg. Against the backdrop of rising numbers of vessels, the Hamburg Senate and Parliament commissioned the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) with the construction of a shore power installation at the cruise terminal Altona. HPA was also entrusted with the required infrastructure for the onshore power supply of cruise ships through a LNG Power Barge at Terminal HafenCity. In the last legislative period, Hamburg allocated 8,85 million euro for this project. In addition to the funding from the federal government, the pilot project will also be supported by the European Union with EUR 3.5 million. The shore power plant in Altona is unique in Europe in its dimension. Completion is scheduled for summer 2015.
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