Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' top-luxury liner ms Europa 2 has had its cold ironing / shore-power connection certified by DNV GL (maritime classification society). The certification is the result of testing the undisrupted use and compatibility of the ship's dock-side connectivity.
This is the first time a cruise ship has been using cold ironing for a long period of time. The compatibility of the connection (at Port Hamburg's Altona Cruise Terminal) was adjusted by HPA, as the Europa 2 ship requires a lower voltage than the other ships using cold ironing there.
The settings can be duplicated any time the vessel docks at the port in the future. The Hapag-Lloyd's vessel has been successfully using cold ironing at Altona for the past 30 days and was able to save ~600 tons of CO2/carbon dioxide. All the Hapag-Lloyd's new ships are equipped for cold ironing.
MS Europa 2 (max passenger capacity 516 plus 370 crew) requires 2,2 MW of power per hour during her laytime. This reduces the emissions to zero. The electricity used is supplied by Hamburg Energie and comes from 100% renewable resources.
By using ULSD (ultra-low-sulfur diesel with Sulphur content 0.1%), the Sulphur emissions of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet will be cut by 80%.
The switch to ULSD means a reduction in soot and particulates up to 30%. All routes are planned with an environmentally efficient average speed not pushing the ships to go as fast as possible, reducing consumption by 30%, and lowering the emissions.