VINCI wins Le Havre’s cruise ship shore power deal

2024-02-13T21:15:05+00:00 February 13th, 2024|Technology|

Haropa Port, the company that operates the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, has contracted a consortium involving VINCI Energies and VINCI Construction subsidiaries to supply a high-voltage power supply system for cruise ships calling at the three berths at Le Havre’s Pointe de Floride terminal.

The project involves supplying a turnkey electricity conversion substation connected to the public grid to power the cruise ships’ batteries. Also included is the modification of a technical shed and associated civil engineering works.

A purpose-designed mobile connection rig will be built to handle the port’s tidal range – which is among the largest worldwide – and to cover the full length of the berths in order to power ships whatever their size.

Each berth will have a system supplying 11 kV and 6.6 kV power rating.

The first section, the Pierre Callet berth, will be ready by the Spring of 2025.

Shore power, also known as RENAQ (raccordement electrique des navires À quai) or OPS (onshore power supply) is a solution for powering ships from the local grid, thus reducing their dependence on diesel generators on board.

OPS is set to become the standard in Europe by 2030 for environmental reasons, as they significantly reduce pollutant emissions, as well as vessels’ greenhouse gas emissions.

Actemium – VINCI Energies’ Industry brand – has around 30 references worldwide.

Haropa Port’s multimodal terminal in Le Havre is France’s leading and one of Europe’s largest port complexes. The port authority is rolling out a vigorous plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, while stewarding natural resources and minimising the environmental impact of its activities.

This particular wharf-side power supply system will be one of the largest yet built in Europe. It will support growth in tourism and economic development, while helping to fulfil environmental commitments, Haropa said.