The state government of Hamburg approved a large-scale expansion of shore-based power supply in Hamburg port. This is expected to "create the conditions for a shift from shipboard diesel power supply to ecological electric power during lay times."
Through the expansion, Hafen Hamburg is playing a pioneering role in alternative power supply during vessels’ in-port stays. As the first in Europe, from 2022 the seaport will offer shore-power supply both for ULCV containerships and cruise liners. Shoreside power is due to be available for boxships at 8 connection points at the container terminals Predohlkai, Burchardkai and Europakai.
In addition, port's shore-to-ship power capabilities will be extended to all cruise terminals, with connection points constructed at HafenCity-CC1 and Steinwerder-CC3. Europe's first LNG cruise ship supply service was introduced at Altona Cruise Terminal in 2016.
The shore-power units will be connected to the city's power grid and provide standard shipboard voltage 6.6 kV and frequency 60 Hz. Port Hamburg's shore-side power investment is ~EUR 76 million, with the project's completion scheduled for 2022 and regular operation to start in 2023.