DFDS uses Copenhagen’s first shore power facility

2021-10-28T08:43:38+00:00 October 28th, 2021|Environment|
A new shore power facility has been inaugurated at the DFDS terminal in Copenhagen.

The facility significantly reduces the ships’ CO2 emissions while they are in port, thus ensuring cleaner air for the benefit of the environment and even more so for the neighbours on Østerbro, the Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) said.

With the new facility, the DFDS ferries now have the possibility to connect to shore power in both Copenhagen and Oslo. The facility is the result of a partnership between CMP and DFDS, which makes it possible to switch off the ships’ generators in port and thereby significantly reduce the emission of air pollutants and particles.

The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Lars Weiss, participated in the inauguration of the facility when ‘Pearl Seaways’ was connected.

“With the new shore power facility, we are taking an important step towards a Copenhagen with less air pollution. It is good for both the climate and the neighbours of the port that the ferries can now turn off the diesel engine and connect to climate-friendly electricity when they dock.

“I also look forward to establishing shore power for the cruise ships at Langelinie and in Nordhavn, as soon as Folketinget has changed the legislation,” said Lord Mayor Weiss.

“Today’s inauguration of the shore power facility for the DFDS ferries marks a very important step in our efforts to make the port activities in Copenhagen greener. I would like to thank DFDS, our technical advisor COWI and our general contractor Actemium for their efforts in working together to realise the project, which will have a significant great climate and environmental benefit,” added Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CMP CEO.

“I am proud to present the first shore power facility in Copenhagen for the benefit of both passengers and the local environment. This is the rewarding result of a solid partnership between CMP, Actemium and DFDS.

“We are facing the green transition, which is enormously complex, and it is precisely partnerships and joint efforts such as this that are essential when we need to develop green, innovative solutions and move in the right direction,” commented Peder Gellert Pedersen, DFDS Executive Vice President and Head of Ferry Division.

By 2024, cruise ships in Copenhagen are expected to be able to use shore power when they dock at Ydre Nordhavn and at Langelinie in Østerbro.

“We are pleased that shore power is finally coming to Copenhagen. And this facility will not be the only shore power facility in Copenhagen. Right now we are working on finding advisors for the work to establish shore power for the city’s cruise ships in Ydre Nordhavn and on Langelinie, so that in the future we can ensure lower CO2 emissions from the ships – and thereby cleaner air to Copenhageners,” said By & Havn’s CEO, Anne Skovbro.

The investment amounts to about DKK15 mill and has been co-financed by the EU by 20%.

According to COWI’s March, 2019 report ‘An Analysis of Alternative Energy Sources for Cruise Ships,’ commissioned by the City of Copenhagen, it is estimated that the connection of shore power to DFDS ferries will result in an annual reduction in emissions of around 912 tonnes of CO2, 18 tonnes of NOx and 0.4 tonnes of particulates. Overall, this represents a reduction of 1.6% of vehicle traffic in Copenhagen in terms of NOx.

Two connection points were fitted, one on each quay at DFDS’ ferry terminal on Dampfærgevej in Copenhagen. The facility is located in a 40 ft container, which is placed on the dock.

The facility can deliver 3 MVA, corresponding to about 2.7 MW. The system is supplied with 10 kV. It was installed by Actemium, which also installed the shore power facility that DFDS’ ferries are using in Oslo.

Actemium installed the world’s first land connection in the Port of Gothenburg some years ago, and since then has installed shore power facilities in Kristiansand, Oslo, Gothenburg, Trelleborg, Ystad, Karlskrona, Visby, Stockholm and Luleå.