This summer, the Danish port of Aarhus, introduced its first shore power facility at the cruise ship quay.
On 1st January, 2024, the port will introduce a new fee structure, which will make it more expensive for cruise ships to call without shore power connections fitted.
This year could see a record number of 68 cruise ship calls, of which nearly 40% will have been connected to the shore by the end of the season.
However, starting from next season, cruise ships arriving at the port without switching to shore power will face the new fee.
“We chose to lead the way when we established shore power for cruise ships and now we choose to take another step forward in creating the right incentives to connect to the facility and receive power.
“It is crucial for the environment that we reduce local pollution and we want to contribute to that,” said Thomas Haber Borch, Port of Aarhus CEO.
The additional charge will be DKK0.75 per gt for cruise ships calling at the quay without connecting to the shoreside system, resulting in an additional fee of between DKK50,000 – 75,000 per cruise ship call.
“Since the opening, we have encountered interest in our shore power facility from cruise shipping companies. There is no doubt that the possibility of connecting to shore power is an important parameter for the shipping companies now and in the future.
“We want to drive this development also at the European level and we do so with our new fee model, making it cheaper to be green and more expensive to be black, “Borch added, further pointing out that the port is prepared to say goodbye to cruise ships who decide to opt out of calling at Aarhus, due to the new fee.
“When developing an entirely new fee model, as we are doing here, it has been important for us to be in ongoing dialogue with the shipping companies.
“We have received positive feedback and therefore, my expectations are that our new fee model will not been fewer cruised ships for Aarhus but rather more, and notably more connections to the shore power facility. And, if there are shipping companies that opt out of Aarhus due to the new fee model, it’s not something that keeps me awake at night,” he stressed.
The funds accrued from the fee will be earmarked by the port for new initiatives aimed at green transformation and sustainability.