Ports of Stockholm (Sweden) is investing in the environment by building shoreside power connection facilities for cruise ships at two downtown quays.
The initiative will result in lower air pollution emissions in the port city and the Baltic Sea.
Constructing the facilities at Stadsgarden Quay (berths 167 and 160) makes Ports of Stockholm the first Swedish port to provide cruise ships with onshore power connection.
The environmental initiative is a collaboration with other ports in the Baltic Sea. It will result in lower emissions of carbon dioxide/air pollutant particles from the cruise ships in Stockholm/the Baltic Sea area.
Ports of Stockholm is working with the ports in Copenhagen (Denmark), Aarhus (Denmark), and Helsinki (Finland) to enable cruise liners/passenger shipping companies to connect to the onshore power of a common international standard in the different ports. This will encourage more companies to make investments in equipment that the cruise ships need to connect to onshore power.
The work to equip the 2 downtown quays with shore-power connections is to be completed, respectively, in 2023 and 2024. The cruise quay-berths are 2 of the Ports of Stockholm’s most visited. At least 45% of the cruise ship calls will connect to onshore power when the facilities are already in place.
The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is expected to be at least 6,000 tonnes per year as a result of connecting to onshore power. The environmental investment for cruise liners in Stockholm is a top priority and was awarded grant funding from both the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leap program and the EU.