October 14, 2020 - Ocean-going ships lying in the port generally generate the electrical power required for the on-board networks via the ship's own diesel engines. On October 10, the Federal Ministry of Economics and the northern German coastal states agreed to improve the power supply for ships in the ports. The federal government intends to support the construction of new shore power systems in German ports with 140 million euros.
In German ports, shipping companies get shore power, if it is available, three times as expensive as generating electricity using the ship's own diesel generator sets. As long as this handicap persists, shipping companies do without shore power. The federal government and the five coastal states Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have identified a need for improvement in this area. The planned measures: The EEG surcharge for shore power will be limited to 20 percent, and the federal government will support the construction of new shore power systems in the ports with 140 million euros. The project requires the approval of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.
The international cruise association CLIA welcomes the letter of intent as a step in the right direction. It is the concern of the cruise industry to continue to reduce the environmental pollution caused. This includes the option of obtaining clean electricity from the shore while the boat is idle.
Under steam - Norwegian Pearl in the port of Juneau / Alaska
What says TUI Cruises as the German industry heavyweight on this topic? TUI Cruises welcomes the announced funding program. The company emphasizes that it has the youngest and most environmentally friendly fleet in the world. Exhaust aftertreatment systems are already in operation on board the ships. Shore electricity could reduce emissions to "zero" during lay times in German ports.
Mein Schiff 4 and Mein Schiff 5 will receive shore power from 2020. All fleet members will be prepared for shore power by 2023. The company emphasizes that the ships of TUI Cruises already meet the highest standards: the auxiliary machines on board, which only run in port during berthing, have met the TIER III standard for nitrogen oxide emissions since 2014 thanks to the built-in catalytic converters. The hybrid scrubber installed on six of the seven ships also filters up to 99 percent of the sulfur emissions and 60 percent of the particles.
Mein Schiff 2 in the port of Puerto del Rosario
The crux of the matter is that a (rarely used) shore power system is only available in Hamburg. A system is being prepared in the port of Kiel. And one fact should not be overlooked: the share of cruise ships in the global shipments is less than one percent. According to reliable estimates, the cruise industry accounts for a maximum of 0,6 percent of global CO2 emissions. What about the other 99,4 percent?