GPH opens Valletta’s first OPS system

2023-12-16T11:35:37+00:00 December 14th, 2023|Environment|

Cruise port operator, Global Ports Holding (GPH) has inaugurated shore power equipment at Valletta Cruise Port.

On 1st December, 2023, ‘Viking Saturn’ became the first cruise vessel to plug into the onshore power supply (OPS) system at Valletta Cruise Port.

On the following day, ‘Viking Venus’ berthed on Boiler Wharf, joining ‘Viking Saturn’ in the port, and was simultaneously provided with shore power. Both Viking ships were supplied through the OPS.

This achievement holds huge importance for both Valletta Cruise Port and GPH, representing a ground breaking moment as the inaugural shore-to-ship connectivity available within the extensive GPH port network, the company said.

Mehmet Kutman, GPH Chairman and CEO, said: “This accomplishment underscores our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation. I extend my sincere thanks to the Maltese Government and Infrastructure Malta for their pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition. Special appreciation goes to the Valletta Cruise Port team for their persistent efforts and co-ordination.”

Stephen Xuereb, Global Ports Holding COO and General Manager of Valletta Cruise Port, added: “The successful integration of shore power at Valletta Cruise Port stands as a testament to our dedication to eco-friendly initiatives.

“We prioritise Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations, and this achievement aligns with our commitment to advancing green energy solutions across all GPH facilities,” he said.

This €49.9 mill initiative, spearheaded by the Maltese Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Infrastructure Malta, and Transport Malta, and supported by Valletta Cruise Port, provides shore power on the five main cruise ship berths in Valletta’s Grand Harbour.

This initiative will result in major air quality improvements with drastic emission reduction. The shore supply powers up cruise ships with the much-needed energy and shuts down the on board generators, meeting stringent environmental regulations.

The shore connection for berthed ships offers a fast, simple, and flexible connection to the ship, supporting the maritime industry’s sustainability efforts, GPH claimed.

During a recent visit to the Valletta Cruise Port, Maltese Prime Minister, Robert Abela gave strong support for the initiative, saying it was a crucial undertaking.

He said, “This project, among many others, showcases the Maltese government’s commitment to leading the way in implementing changes essential for a robust and sustainable economy.”

This milestone not only marks a historic first but also signifies a strategic step towards the broader implementation of sustainable practices across GPH’s entire port network, the company added.