Shore power plan for Danish port

ferry DFDS Seaways ferry. Image: Dennis Rosenfeldt

A Danish port and a logistics company have agreed to establish a shore power facility enabling vessels to cut emissions while at berth.

The deal between Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) and Denmark-headquartered DFDS to establish a shore power facility means that the Crown Seaways and Pearl Seaways ferries, operated by DFDS Seaways, will be able to connect to land electricity. A shore power facility will reduce emissions of air contaminated particles such as NOx, SOx and particulate matter, which aligns with the ambitions of both CMP and DFDS to actively contribute to a greener Copenhagen.

“For CMP, this is a very important milestone in our sustainability work,” said Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO at CMP. “DFDS has been a very significant customer for CMP for many years and is an important part, active in the region. As we now deepen our joint cooperation, we are strengthening our common journey towards a greener Copenhagen.

“Together with DFDS, we have found a solution, which will result in emissions in central Copenhagen being significantly decreased when the ferries dock at the quay.”

Daily calls

DFDS’ scheduled ferry services involve daily calls and it is always the same ship that sails in shuttle service between Oslo and Copenhagen. This makes it reasonable to establish a shore power facility, said the port.

In January, the Port of Oslo opened a shore power facility, in use by ferries operated by DFDS Seaways and Stena Line.

“We are very pleased that it will now be possible to connect the vessels to a shore power facility in Copenhagen for the benefit of our neighbours in the city and the climate. We look forward to working with Copenhagen Malmö Port and the City of Copenhagen so that we can secure the ferry service between the two capitals in the future,” says Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS

The work on the designing and planning of the facility is now underway, and the construction will commence in 2020.

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