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How does cold ironing affect the environment

Using electrical power for ships at berth instead of diesel-burning engines, 'cold ironing' can greatly reduce air pollution from ships. When ships use shore power, they connect into landside electricity for their power needs at berth, avoiding to run diesel-fueled auxiliary on-board engines. According to estimations, shore power is able to limit air pollution from ships at berth by 95%.

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Cold Ironing: The role of ports in reducing shipping emissions

With the shipping industry entering a new, environmentally-friendly period, stakeholders in the maritime industry are seeking for ways to reduce their ships’ emissions. Apart from choosing green fuels and scrubbers, ports come to add another solution: Cold Ironing. This is the process of providing shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth, while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.

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Hamburg to accommodate eco-friendly power supply technology

Innovative technology will be developed in Hamburg to enable large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and draw the power for on-board operations from a mobile generator. Namely, Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG have been testing the new technology as part of a joint pilot project.

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