Hamburg becomes first European port to offer cold ironing for container vessels

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Germany’s Port of Hamburg has become the first European port to offer shore power for both container and cruise vessels. On May 13, 2024, CMA CGM’s Vasco de Gama became the first containership to receive regular shore power at Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH). This development follows years of supplying cruise ships with shore-side power. Now, containerships can draw renewable energy from the public grid while at berth. The shore power plant at CTH will supply three mega-ship berths with connections of 7.5 MVA each. The technology, which required a €13 million investment over two years, was co-funded by the German government. The Hamburg Port Authority is finalizing agreements with shipping companies for the use of this facility and plans to expand shore-side power at other terminals, such as Container Terminal Burchardkai and Container Terminal Altenwerder.

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