Stockholm tests shore power

2024-06-15T19:20:44+00:00 June 15th, 2024|Environment|

Sweden’s first cruise ship onshore power supply has been tested in central Stockholm.

More than 35 cruise ships are expected to connect up to the shore power facility by October this year.

Ports of Stockholm said that it had now entered the final phase of the project to install two onshore power facilities for cruise ships at Stadsgården quays in Stockholm.

Carnival’s AIDA brand, which is by far the Ports of Stockholm’s largest cruise customer, participated in the first test with its cruise ship ‘‘AIDAdiva’, which connected up on 30th May.

“Onshore power for cruise ships is an important milestone for Stockholm as a sustainable premium destination, to achieve set climate goals and improve the environment in the city.

“We are extremely excited to enter the final completion of our facilities. We look forward to welcoming cruise ships that can benefit from this technology,” said Jens Holm, Chair of the Board of Ports of Stockholm.

The facilities have been under construction for the past couple of years and will reduce emissions from cruise ships in port and also reduce engine noise.

At least 35 cruise ships are expected to be connected to the grid during the season, which is also a test period.

“As an onshore power pioneer in Europe, AIDA Cruises has been committed to the development of sustainable infrastructure in Europe for many years.

“We are happy to work with Ports of Stockholm with our knowledge and ships in the commissioning process of Sweden’s first onshore power facility for cruise ships,” added Marco Torkler, AIDA Cruiese’ Director Technical Projects & Operational support.

Ports of Stockholm said it had worked closely with several international partners to ensure that the facilities meet the highest standards in both safety and efficiency.

The connection at berth S167 has gained support from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Klimatklivet.

In addition, the project has – together with the three Baltic Sea ports of Copenhagen/Malmö, Aarhus and Helsinki – been awarded grants from the EU to invest in onshore power supply systems.

When the project is complete, it will be possible for over 45% of cruise calls at Stockholm to connect up to electricity at the quay.

Environmental work is an integral part of the daily operations and follows the City of Stockholm’s goal of being climate positive in 2030 and fossil free in 2040, the port said.