Copenhagen breaks ground for OPS facilities

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 10:12 by ce-press

Construction works for onshore power supply (OPS) for cruise at Oceankaj and Langelinie in Copenhagen has begun. In 2025 it will be possible to connect to two out of the five connections at these quays. This follows the 2021 inauguration of OPS for the ferry connecting Oslo, operated by DFDS.

Luis de Carvalho, Copenhagen Malmö Port’s cruise commercial director and Danish Tourism advisory board member, says: ”Copenhagen is a major cruise hub and our terminals cater to ships of all types and sizes. Being able to provide shore power from next year is very much in line with our cruise line partner’s sustainability goals, and we continue to work very closely with the industry to support a greening of the sector.”

This initiative is about ensuring better air quality for the people of Copenhagen and limiting emissions from cruiseships. Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) is looking forward to reaping the benefits of this project from the 2025 season - the year when it is also expecting to become CO2-neutral in its own operations.

Barbara Scheel Agersnap, ceo CMP, says: ”The marking of the construction start for the new shore power facility together with the Municipality of Copenhagen and By & Havn is an important milestone in the green transition that benefits the people of Copenhagen. It is a positive development, at the same time as we also see that the shipping companies' readiness for shore power has increased significantly.

“We are therefore very much looking forward to putting the facility into operation next year … five years before it becomes a legal requirement” she adds.

The connection to the electricity grid takes place from new main stations in Ydre Nordhavn. First from a temporary main station and, from 2028, to the permanent main station, after which the full capacity of four 16 MVA simultaneous connections can be utilised.

The OPS facility is constructed by PowerCon and Nordkysten for the Copenhagen City and Port Development Agency (By & Havn) and is to be operated by CMP. It is co-financed by the EU’s TEN-T program and the Municipality of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen breaks ground for OPS facilities
LtoR: Sophie Haestorp Andersen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen; Anne Skovbro, ceo By & Havn (Copenhagen City and Port Development Agency); and Barbara Scheel Agersnap, ceo CMP (c) Copenhagen Malmo Port

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