Construction work to supply OPS (onshore power) at Cruise Center Steinwerder started in autumn 2022, with completion scheduled for 2023-H2.
It will be the second shorepower facility for cruise ships in Hamburg (Germany), following that at Cruise Center Altona, in operation since June 2016.
Shorepower at Cruise Center HafenCity is to be available once the terminal opens for season 2024.
By 2025, Hamburg will be among the first European ports to offer OPS for both cruise ships and large container vessels, 5 years earlier than EU requirements stipulate.
Simone Maraschi (Cruise Gate Hamburg's managing director) said they were aware of the fact that ports played a crucial role in decarbonization and air pollution control. That was why it was important for them to do everything they could to make their contribution and to take on "a pioneering and exemplary role."
“The expansion of the shorepower supply in the Port of Hamburg is another important step in developing the cruise tourism in Hamburg sustainably. We would like to send out a clear signal for more environmental protection and meet the increasing global demand for climate-neutral and environmentally friendly cruising.“
Port Hamburg's cruise shipping business generates an annual gross value-added contribution of EUR 420 million, a 2019 study conducted by Hamburg Cruise Net eV and the City of Hamburg revealed. This corresponds to the creation of ~4500 full-time jobs beyond direct employment with cruise shipping companies.