The first shoreside power plant for shipping in Port Kiel (at Norwegenkai) was officially inaugurated on May 9. The ceremony was attended by Daniel Günther, Minister-President of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Norbert Brackmann, German Federal Government’s Coordinator for Maritime Industry, and Dr Ulf Kämpfer, the Lord Mayor of Kiel, along with Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of Port of Kiel (Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG), and Trond Kleivdal, Board Chairman of Color Line.
The large-sized cruiseferries of Color Line can now receive emission-free electric power from onshore. Schwedenkai Terminal and the cruise terminal at Ostseekai will follow Norwegenkai example to get shore-based power supply capability for vessels in the coming year.
Port Kiel is the building contractor for the shore-based power plant, that was built by Siemens. Investment in the plant totalled EUR1.2 million, of which EUR 400,000 was funded by Schleswig-Holstein state.
Norway’s Color Line ships Color Magic and Color Fantasy link Kiel with Oslo on a daily basis. The vessels arrive at Norwegenkai in the morning at 10:00 a.m. and leave again at 2:00 p.m. The power requirement for the time they spend in the port of Kiel is about 4 million kilowatt hours per year.