Groundbreaking for Copenhagen’s cruise shore power facility

2024-05-28T20:22:39+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Ports|

Construction work on the largest shore power facilities for cruise ships in Europe has commenced.

This will form the second shore power facility for passenger vessels in Copenhagen, after the inauguration in 2021 of the facility supplying power to the ferry service to Oslo operated by DFDS.

Once operational, this facility will supply shore power to the cruise ships calling at Oceankaj and Langelinie.

This initiative is not just about powering ships; it’s about ensuring better air quality for the people of Copenhagen and limiting emissions from cruise ships, the Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) said.

It added that this was a natural step for Copenhagen, affirming the strength of the Danish capital as a major regional cruise hub – not just as an all-year destination with a strong focus on sustainability, as well as an effective turnaround port.

Copenhagen is building its success on strong partnerships, modern terminal infrastructure, and a major international airport. CMP looks forward to reaping the benefits from the 2025 season – the year when CMP is also expecting to become CO2-neutral in own operations.

“The marking of the construction start for the new shore power facility together with the Municipality of Copenhagen and By & Havn is an important milestone in the green transition that benefits the people of Copenhagen. 2024 is the year when the construction starts. It is also the year when Copenhagen won the award as Europe’s leading cruise port and the year when we for the first time have cruise bookings in all 12 months of the year.

“It is a positive development, at the same time as we also see that the shipping companies’ readiness for shore power has increased significantly. We are therefore very much looking forward to putting the facility into operation next year and offering shore power to the ships that call at Oceankaj and Langelinie – five years before it becomes a legal requirement,” said Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CMP CEO.

This year, CMP is expecting 24 maiden calls, of which 10 will be in Copenhagen and 14 at Visby, Gotland – a testament to the many new and environmentally advanced ships calling the region.

Fact file:

  • In 2025, it will be possible to connect simultaneous via two out of five connection points at Langelinie and Oceankaj.
  • The DFDS terminal, which is located in Søndre Frihavn, already offers shore power, established by CMP in 2021.
  • Connection to the electricity grid takes place from new main stations in Ydre Nordhavn. First from a temporary main station and from 2028 to the permanent main station, after which the full capacity of four 16 MVA simultaneous connections can be utilised.
  • The shore power facility is being built by PowerCon and Nordkysten and is to be operated by CMP.
  • It is co-financed by the EU’s TEN-T programme and the Municipality of Copenhagen.