Port of Hamburg enables shore power for container ships


Port of Hamburg provides shore power to both cruise and cargo ships, with CMA CGM’s Vasco de Gama being the first container vessel to utilise it at CTH.

After several years of successfully supplying cruise ships in the Port of Hamburg with shore-side power, the technology is now also being used for cargo ships, making the Port of Hamburg the first port in Europe to offer shore power for both container and cruise ships.

On Monday, CMA CGM’s Vasco de Gama (IMO 9706889) became the first container ship regularly supplied with shore power at Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH). Numerous tests with different systems and ships preceded this.

In the future, container vessels will be able to utilise electricity from renewable sources on shore while docked, rather than relying on the ship’s engines.

The plant, which will operate at CTH, will provide shore-side power to the terminal’s three mega-ship berths and has connections with a capacity of 7.5 MVA each. It will supply the ships with renewable energy from the public grid, supplied by HEnW.

A total of around EUR13 million was invested during the two-year development period; in addition to Hamburg’s share, the German government, through the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, contributed 50% of the costs.

The Hamburg Port Authority is currently concluding contractual agreements on the use and conditions with the shipping companies entitled to use the shore-side power, building on existing MoUs with customers of the port of Hamburg.

The Senate intends to further expand the shore-side power facilities. In the coming months, the Hamburg Port Authority will commission further facilities, e.g. at Container Terminal Burchardkai and Container Terminal Altenwerder, and gradually expand the range of services offered.

At the same time, ship integration tests and technical inspections will be carried out on an ongoing basis to check the connection of additional ships and to adapt the technical conditions to the requirements.

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