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HanseGlobe Granted

Hapag-Lloyd honoured for efforts in sustainability by Hamburg's Logistics Initiative. Prize-giving ceremony at city hall

Hapag-Lloyd AG is the winner of his year’s prestigious Sustainability Award by HanseGlobe. The shipping is thus being recognised for its “Zero-Emission Power in Ports” project. The price was handed over at the annual dinmner of the Logistics Initiative on Monday at city hall. The Hamburg Logistics Initiative (LIHH) has been granting the national award for the eighth time.


The vision of providing seagoing vessels with shore power during their time at the Port of Hamburg highly convinced the independent jury of high-ranking representatives from Germany’s economy, academia, research, and environmental associations. Allowing to turn of the ship’s engine during mooring times, emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and the pollution could be significantly reduced. Dr. Peer Witten, Chairman of the Hamburg Logistics Initiative, said: “Hapag Lloyd ‘emission-free electricity supply in ports’ is a wonderful example of combining environmental with economic sustainability. With HanseGlobe, we like to promote such best-practices and honour exemplary projects of our industry.”

Co-operation with SAM Electronics

Worldwide, the industry is pursuing promising ports shore power concepts. Hapag-Lloyd has taken part in a pilot project at the Port of Oakland / California as early as 2012. There, Hapag-Lloyd’s container ship “Dallas Express” was the group’s first to be connected to the newly completed onshore power supply. To realise this, the country-side voltage of 6,600 volts was converted to 450 volt electrical voltage. For the connection between land and onboard power network, Hapag-Lloyd developed a container unit with a so-called High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) in collaboration with Hamburg-based SAM Electronics.

The 40-foot container at the stern of the ship contains the electrical components and a retractable cable reel for the actual connection with shore power and has been designed to automatically compensate tidal changes. In addition, the power cables are secured against unintentional loosening.

21 ships use this system

The containers can run independent of the on-board voltage and the required power of a vessel and can used for almost by the entire fleet of Hapag-Lloyd. Jury member Birgit Heitzer, head of Logistik REWE Group, rejoiced: “The containers can be when ships change zones of operation or during maintenance. This makes the container solution flexible.” Today, 21 ships of Hapag-Lloyd have already been equipped with this shore power solution. Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd: “We see responsibility and sustainability not as a short-lived fashion trend, but as one of the keys to long term success. We are particularly pleased that we have been honoured in our hometown and see our home town being honoured by Hans Globe.” In 2014, Hanse Globe has been supported by msg systems AG Ismaning.

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