Le Havre prepares the way for shoreside power

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:13 by ce-press

Haropa Port, which manages the Seine region ports, has started a project to enable cruiseships to connect to a land-based electricity supply during calls at Le Havre.

Hangar 13 on the Pointe de Floride will be redeveloped to house high-voltage distribution equipment along with conversion systems to adjust quayside supply to the needs of ships. A network of underground cables will be laid to take the power to the ships, each weighing 15kg and providing five connection points on articulated arms to supply the vessels, irrespective of their location along the cruise terminal’s three quays.

Connection to the public grid, a key component of the system, will entail major construction work requiring extensive collaboration: the laying of the three high-voltage cables over 3km and the installation of a 40mW transformer at the source substation.

This work is being undertaken under a project management contract by Enedis, which is responsible for managing the national electricity grid and will be completed next year.

Electrification of Pierre Callet quay will be completed for the 2023 season and represents the first phase of a large-scale project. The Joannes Couvert and Roger Meunier quays will offer the same solution for cruise seasons 2024 and 2025, respectively.

An investment of €20 million has been earmarked for this project, which also benefits from €11.1 million in support from the French government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, plus a contribution of €0.9 million under the Territorial Pact for Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

Haropa Port will be the first Northern European port to be able to supply 30mW to cruiseships.

Electrification of the Port 2000 quays will also be undertaken during the period to 2028, following the protocol of agreement signed on June 21 2021 between the five Northern Range ports: Antwerp, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Haropa Port.

*MSC Cruises is announcing a new northern European itinerary this winter. From November 14, MSC Magnifica is sailing cruises to discover five cities with extended port stopovers of up to 12 hours: Hamburg, Ijmuiden for Amsterdam, Zeebrugge for Bruges and Brussels, Le Havre for Paris and Southampton for London. Boarding will be possible at each port.
Le Havre prepares the way for shoreside power
Celebrity Edge in Le Havre, May 2019 (c) LHENT

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