DFDS’ Copenhagen ropaxes to receive shore power

2021-06-25T20:01:39+00:00 June 25th, 2021|Environment|

Work to open a shore power facility at the DFDS ferry terminal in Copenhagen is in full swing, the port authority claimed.

This initiative is a joint collaboration project between Copenhagen/Malmo Port (CMP) and DFDS, with the Swedish company Actemium as contractor and COWI as technical advisor.

The facility is expected to be operational in the late summer of this year and will enable the DFDS ropaxes ‘Crown Seaways’ and ‘Pearl Seaways’ to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions while in port.

Once the shore power link has been established, it will be possible for the ropaxes to turn off their generators and thus reduce the emissions of air pollutants, as well as particulates.

“Since 2019, we have been using shore power on our ships in the Port of Oslo and we look forward to also being able to reduce the amount of air pollutants and particulates when the ships are located at DFDS’ terminal at the port in Copenhagen.

“We know from Oslo that such installations have a very positive impact on the environment in and around the port and especially in regards to the residents who live in close vicinity to our terminals,” said Torben Carlsen, DFDS CEO.

“Long-term planning, design and tendering are bearing fruit when the shore power facility is put into operation during the late summer. The shore power initiative is of significant importance to us and an important milestone in our efforts to contribute to the UN’s global sustainable development goals.

“To achieve this in close co-operation with DFDS feels really special, and we look forward to the ferries being connected to shore power this summer when they are berthed in Copenhagen,” CMP CEO Barbara Scheel Agersnap, added.

Swedish-based turnkey contractor Actemium is setting up the onshore power supply (OPS) facility in Copenhagen. Actemium had previously established 16 OPS facilities in the Nordic region, including the Oslo facility that DFDS currently uses.

“We at Actemium are honoured to be involved in this important assignment and are delighted with the confidence shown in us. The assignment also includes carrying out excavations and installation work on site, remote monitoring, operation of the facility, and maintenance. A remotely manoeuvred crane for connections to the ferries will also be installed on the quayside in the respective ferry berths.

“We at Actemium are very proud of how our OPS facilities help our customers and users to contribute to a more sustainable future that is less dependent on fossil fuels,” André Olofsson, Actemium OPS Project Manager commented.

This DFDS shore power installation will be the first of its kind in Copenhagen.