The Port of Kiel announced the installation of a new shore power plant for cruise ships at Ostuferhafen. Work on the power plant will begin this autumn.
amely, the winner of the EU-wide tender was Siemens, specifying the building of two new plant, with one of them being a shore power plant for cruise ships.
Currently, Kiel is able to have up to three vessels docked in the city centre to be supplied with shore power, including one cruise vessel at Ostseekai. The first of the two shore power plants will be installed at Ostuferhafen, supplying up to two ferries or cruise ships.
In addition, connections can be established at four different berths, including the cruise-destined Berth No 1. The plant’s output includes 16 MVA, being able to supply cruise ships and ferries with a frequency of 50 or 60 Hz and a voltage of 6.6 kV or 11 kV. The second shore power plant with a 50 Hz frequency is designed exclusively for RoRo ships.
In total, the two shore power plants will supply up to three vessels at a time, including one cruise ship.
In addition, the Port of Kiel aims to be climate neutral by 2030 and, according to its MD Dirk Claus, cold ironing plays a vital role in achieving this. Now, the hope is to supply infrastructure for up to six ships, and for up to 80% of all vessels calling Kiel to be able to take shore power while docked as from 2024-25.