The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has started the construction work of a shore power system at the Altona Cruise Center. The European Union supports the green building project with 3.5 million euro. Total construction cost will amount to approximately ten million. The land shore system is scheduled to start operations in summer 2015. It will then feed the moored cruise vessels with electricity from renewable sources.
Cruise ships moored in ports usually turn off their propulsion systems, but use additional diesel engine to provide the ships with the required energy during their port time. With the new land shore systems, cruise vessels will be able to nearly turn off all engines while berthed at Altona. This, emissions of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides and particulate matter, as well as carbon dioxide will be significantly reduced. In addition, also the noise emissions will be lowered. “With the implementation of a fixed land power plant of this size, the Port of Hamburg port is taking a leading role in Europe. Residents, passengers, and crew will all benefit from the new shore power system”, says Lutz Birch, head of port strategy at HPA.
The construction of the onshore power plant in Altona is one of the key objectives of the smartPort energy project. Initiated by HPAin 2012 in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment (BSU) and the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, its main goal ist the energetic realignment of the Port of Hamburg.