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First Cruise Vessel Fueled with Floating LNG Barge

As the first European port, Hamburg has been fueling a cruise vessel with clean green energy. The LNG Hybrid Barge makes the Hanseatic city a maritime industry pioneer

On the eve of the world’s largest port conference IAPH, Hamburg made news by another premiere. On Saturday, a cruise ship has been fueled with clean green energy by a floating LNG barge at HafenCity’s cruise terminal. Baptised last October in the name of “Hummel” (“Bumblebee”), the 76.7m-long and 12.4m-wide LNG Hybrid Barge developed by Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems in co-operation with AIDA cruises features five electricity-producing generators that are powered by clean liquefied natural gas (LNG). The electricity was transferred to AIDAsol via cable.

Cleaner Port Project to be expanded

Thanks to the use of the floating liquefied power plant, future cruise ships will be supplied with energy produced from environmentally-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) during their layovers at port. This fuel lowers emissions and particulates, compared to marine diesel fuel. Sulphur oxides and soot particles are no longer emitted and the emission of nitrogen oxides will be lowered by up to 80 per cent and carbon dioxide by an additional 30 per cent.

Important Module of the smartPort Strategy

According to Hamburg’s Minister of the Environment, the project is an important step towards a more environmentally-friendly port and a good signal from the host city on the eve of IAPH. To improve the air quality in the harbour and throughout the city, shore power solutions are also taken into consideration for container ships. Due to the port’s positioning right in the heart of the Hanseatic city, the eco-friendliness of its operations is a key objective in its future development, Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of the Environment, Transport, and Innovation, emphasised.

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