Hapag-Lloyd’s shore power receives DNV nod

2024-03-27T19:15:28+00:00 March 27th, 2024|Environment|

DNV verifies Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ship’s shore power connection.

Following a successful inspection of the ‘Europa 2’s’ shore power connection recently, the first expedition ship in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet – ‘HANSEATIC nature’ – has also been approved by class society DNV.

Inspection of her identical sisterships ‘HANSEATIC inspiration’ and ‘HANSEATIC spirit’ are also planned for this year.

At Kiel’s Ostseekai, ‘HANSEATIC nature’ used green shore power on her last call. At the same time, DNV carried out a series of technical tests to ensure undisrupted use and compatibility.

Now that all the tests have been successfully completed, the ‘HANSEATIC nature’ is able to use shore power anywhere in the world where connections are available.

Prior to this, a test phase was undertaken during previous calls with lay time at a shore power terminal. The data will now be transferred to the other two expedition ships, with the aim of having them approved this year.

Switching over to the shore power connection is a complex process. The small expedition ship ‘HANSEATIC nature’, the first new expedition class commissioned by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, requires 690 V in port.

This is significantly lower than on many larger ships, which is why a transformer on board reduces the power. The safety of the ship when using shore power is only guaranteed upon inspection and approval on behalf of a technical expert.

“We are delighted that the shore power system of the ‘HANSEATIC nature’ has now been inspected. This brings us an important step closer to our goal of having the shore power systems of all new expedition ships approved,” explained Julian Pfitzner, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO.

“The ‘HANSEATIC nature’ made the start in Kiel this year and was the first of 100 cruise calls that we plan to supply with green shore power in the coming months. We welcome the shore power strategy that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is consistently implementing,” added Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of SEEHAFEN KIEL.

The use of shore power significantly reduces CO2 emissions while the ships are in port. By 2030, TUI Group’s cruise operators, including Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, are set to reduce their absolute CO2 emissions by more than a quarter (27.5 %), compared to 2019.

These emission reduction targets have been independently and scientifically verified by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Once the second and third expedition ships have been inspected and passed, this means that four out of five Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships will be able to use shore power, provided it is available at the respective berths.

For the ‘HANSEATIC inspiration’, this is expected to apply from June onwards. The ship will then berth at Bergen, Norway.

‘HANSEATIC spirit’, currently sailing in New Zealand, will set course for the South Seas, Micronesia, the Philippines, Japan and Alaska over the course of the year.

In August, she will sail through the Northwest Passage before arriving in Hamburg at the beginning of October. Inspection by DNV will not be possible until then at the earliest, as there are currently fewer than 30 shore power facilities worldwide.

These are located in selected ports in the US, Canada, China and Europe – often far away from the routes that the new expedition ships frequently take.