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Topping-Out Ceremony of Shore Power Plant at Altona

Another milestone in Hamburg's smartPORT strategy and cruise development strategy.

Since July 2014, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has been erecting a shore power system at the Altona Cruise Center. After the implementation of the first pile on 23 July, the topping-out ceremony was celebrated on 7 November. 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.

Milestone of the smart port strategy

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. 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.

Pioneering green shipping

“The topping-out ceremony of the onshore power plant is yet another milestone for the development of Hamburg as one of the most attractive and most environmentally friendly cruise locations in Europe. With the implementation of a fixed land power plant of this size, the Port of Hamburg port is taking a leading role in Europe, while simultaneously gaining hands-on experiences in the operation of power barges. Through such innovative ideas and proekct, the Port of Hamburg, and, in particular, its booming cruise industry, take an important step towards a more sustainable future in shipping”, said Frank Horch, Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, and Innovation, at the topping-out ceremony attend also by Jens Meier, CEO of HPA, and Michael West Hagemann, CEO of Siemens# Hamburg branch and chairman of the industry association Hamburg.

source and further details:
Senate Chancellery,
Hamburg Port Authority,

Hamburg is a popular destination for cruise ships from all over the world. The clip features the construction of the onshore power plant at the Altona Cruise Center.

About the Hamburg Port Authority

Single stop port development: Since 2005, the Hamburg Port Authority has been responsible for port management, a role that was previously fulfilled by a number of Hamburg authorities. With a view to the future of the Port of Hamburg, the HPA is constantly looking for innovative approaches to allow the sustainable exploitation of the Port of Hamburg’s growth potential and to strengthen and expand its position in the long term. Solution- and future-orientated thinking and trading define HPA’s work in all divisions and form the basis for a unifying concept for the Port of Hamburg, both now and in the future.
(source: HPA)

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