Port of Dunkirk in France has opened new cold ironing facilities at the Terminal des Flandres that will enable ships to use onshore electricity.

The new facility will allow container ships calling at the port to turn off auxiliary engines while still receiving the power required to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers.

CMA CGM-owned container ship APL SINGAPURA has inaugurated the cold ironing facilities.

The technology is environmentally friendly as it reduces noise pollution and does not release sulphur and nitrogen oxides when the ships are stationed at the port.

The system will be completely operational in the first half of the year.

Actemium, a consortium of Brest and Boulogne, was contracted to install the system. It was responsible for the design and supply of a cold ironing system that fits in six 40ft containers.

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The system enables ships to use the public electricity supply in the port. It is considered to be one of the most powerful systems in Europe with a capacity of 8MW.

The Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region through the European Regional Development Fund and the Port of Dunkirk have co-financed the project.

CMA CGM Group Industrial Assets executive vice-president Christine Cabau Woehrel said: “Given CMA CGM’s steadfast commitment to installing more environmentally responsible solutions onboard its vessels, the group supports cold ironing, and we will continue to equip our fleet accordingly.

“We are ready to test this system with other European port authorities that are committed to using cold ironing at their container ship terminals as the Port of Dunkirk has successfully done.”