MSC container ships to plug into shore power in Hamburg


MSC becomes the first company to utilise shore power for both cruise and container vessels at Hamburg’s port.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed an agreement with the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) for the supply of shore power for its cargo vessels at the Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH).

Under the agreement, MSC became the first company to utilise shore power for both cruise and container vessels at Hamburg’s port.

HPA expects other container shipping companies to follow suit and is working on equipping other container terminals at the port with shore power systems.

This initiative aims to enhance environmental sustainability by reducing emissions and promoting cleaner maritime operations in line with the regulatory incentives. Specifically, all passenger and container ships will be required to use on-shore power supply exclusively for all their electricity needs while moored at the quayside in major EU ports starting from 2030.

“We are jointly advancing this technology: Hamburg is installing the infrastructure on the land side. However, it also requires ships that utilize electricity from renewable sources and shipping companies that meet these requirements. We are in constructive discussions with customers of the Port of Hamburg. MSC, as the world’s largest container shipping company, leading this initiative with us, marks a significant step towards greater environmental protection in the port,” said Dr Melanie Leonhard, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics.

“After we signed a joint letter of intent with MSC Cruises on the use of shore power in the Port of Hamburg in June last year, I am delighted that MSC now wants to work with us to make shipping and port operations more environmentally friendly by using shore power for container ships in the Port of Hamburg,” said Friedrich Stuhrmann, HPA’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Nils Kahn, Managing Director of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Germany, highlighted the operational benefits of shore power, stressing Hamburg’s strategic importance for MSC. He added that integrating shore power aligns with the company’s efforts to improve air quality in the region as well as its overall responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions through innovative solutions.

The newly completed shore power facility at CTH features three connection points, each delivering 7.5 megavolt amperes of renewable energy. Jointly financed by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the federal government, the facility represents an investment of approximately €14 million.

The first container ship to use the shore power connection at CTH was CMA CGM’s Vasco de Gama in mid-May.

In addition to MSC, HPA has established shore power agreements with Carnival Group, TUI Cruises, Fred Olsen, Princess Cruises, Phoenix Reisen, and Norwegian Cruise Line. The recently inaugurated Cruise Center Steinwerder and the upcoming HafenCity cruise terminal are integral parts of Hamburg’s future shore power infrastructure plans.

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