Port Copenhagen begins construction on Europe’s largest shore power facility for cruise ships

   May 19, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

A significant milestone toward a greener future has been reached in Copenhagen with the commencement of construction on the largest shore power facility for cruise ships in Europe.

This will be the Port's second shore power facility for passenger vessels, following the 2021-opened facility supplying power to a DFDS-operated ferry connecting to Oslo Norway.

Once operational, the new shore-power facility will provide electricity to cruise ships docking at Oceankaj and Langelinie. This initiative underscores Copenhagen's commitment to sustainability and solidifies its status as a major regional cruise hub with modern terminal infrastructure and a significant international airport.

Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP), the operator of this facility, anticipates its benefits starting in the 2025 season, when CMP also expects to achieve CO2-neutral operations. CMP is eager to offer this new solution to customers who already regard Copenhagen as a premier cruise destination.

The increasing ability of cruise companies to accept shore power is evidenced by the 24 maiden calls CMP expects this year, including 10 in Copenhagen and 14 in Visby Gotland, showcasing the influx of new, ships in the region.

Key facts include:

By 2025, it will be possible to connect simultaneously via 2 out of 5 connection points at Langelinie and Oceankaj.

The DFDS terminal in Sondre Frihavn has offered shore power since 2021, established by CMP.

Connection to the electricity grid will begin from a new main station in Ydre Nordhavn, starting with a temporary station and moving to a permanent one by 2028, enabling full capacity of four 16 MVA simultaneous connections.

The shore power facility is being constructed by PowerCon and Nordkysten A/S for the Copenhagen City and Port Development Agency (By & Havn) and will be operated by CMP.

The project is co-financed by the EU’s TEN-T program and the Municipality of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen was named Europe’s Leading Cruise Port by the World Travel Awards in 2024.