The Port of Kiel in Germany has launched its shore-based power supply system at the Norwegenkai passenger terminal.

The system will provide cold ironing for Color Line’s cruise ferries.

With its capacity and planned utilisation level, the power plant is expected to supply more power to ships.

Built by Siemens, the shore-based power plant entailed an investment of €1.2m, of which €400,000 was funded by the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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Schleswig-Holstein Minister-President Daniel Günther said: “We are together making an important contribution to keeping the air clean.

“By using power from onshore, we are reducing to zero the emission of harmful substances as well as of greenhouse gases during the time ships are berthed in the port. Schleswig-Holstein supports this trend-setting project and will encourage further facilities of this type.”

“We want to be in a position to use shore-based electricity to cover 60% of the power requirements of ships calling at Kiel.”

The port’s Schwedenkai terminal and the cruise shipping terminal at Ostseekai will also get shore-based power supply capability for ships.

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The Port of Kiel managing director Dr Dirk Claus said: “In future, we want to be in a position to use shore-based electricity to cover 60% of the power requirements of ships calling at Kiel. That will mean we will be able to count ourselves among the most eco-friendly ports in Europe.”

The new power plant can generate a maximum of 4.5MW and uses an automatic plug-in system supplied by French company NG3.

Two ships, which are operated by Norwegian firm Color Line and connect Kiel with Oslo on a daily basis, are expected to get electricity from the shore-based ship power plant.