The first cut of the spade for a shore power system was set at the Norwegian kai ferry terminal in Kiel. After completion of the work, the two Norway ferries of the Color Line can be supplied with shore power. By 2020, the Schwedenkai and Ostseekai cruise terminals will also have shore power connections. The federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is funding the measure.
Shore power connection of the Color Line © Photo: PORT OF KIEL
With the introduction of shore power, an emission-free supply of electrical energy to ships will be created. The builder of the shore power system is the PORT OF KIEL. The contractor is Siemens AG. The total investment amounts to 1,3 million euros. Two ships of the Color Line, the Color Fantasy and the Color Magic, commute between Kiel and Oslo. Both ferries are equipped for shore power supply. Since 2011 there has been an external power supply for the ferries in environmentally conscious Oslo. In 2017, three other Norwegian ports followed suit. The annual electricity demand of both ferries in Kiel is given as four million kilowatt hours.
Ostseekai cruise terminal
Kiel is installing a “land to ship” transfer station and a medium-voltage switchgear. Before the power transfer to the ship is enabled after the power supply is connected, a control unit on board the ship checks the correct plug and cable connections. If the result is positive, the shore power connection is switched on.