2 August 2022 – After Mein Schiff 4, Mein Schiff 6 is the second cruise ship in the TUI Cruises fleet to have a shore power connection. The upgrade was put through its paces yesterday in the port of Kiel. The finding: all systems work perfectly; Mein Schiff 6 is able to ensure almost emission-free ship operation on port days.
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The shore power connection in the PORT OF KIEL consists of four high-voltage cables approximately 12 centimeters thick. The connections of this caliber are necessary so that a voltage of 11.000 volts can be transmitted from the port to the ship. The requirements for safety on board are extremely high. The ship's on-board power connection was installed in a separate room. To ensure this, an additional door was installed in the outer skin during the retrofit. The shore power cables enter the ship's interior through this hatch.
Shore power supply in Kiel - external connection
Shore power supply in Kiel - internal connection
Shore power connections - Photos©TUI Cruises
Mein Schiff 6 will be conducting shore power procurement tests in a number of other European ports in the coming months. Currently, cruise ships the size of Mein Schiff 6 can only obtain shore power in Warnemunde and Hamburg obtain external power. In Norway, the ports offer Kristiansand, Bergen and Flam shore power. Southampton in Great Britain also offers cruise ships external energy. It is clear that the ports have a “duty to deliver” in this area.
The PORT OF KIEL is future-oriented. For years, the management has relied on climate-friendly solutions for the future. The port aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. – TUI Cruises explains that the future newbuilds of the Mein Schiff fleet will gradually be equipped with a shore power connection. Otherwise, the company strives to significantly reduce emissions. Since Mein Schiff 3 the hybrid scrubber installed on all new buildings filters up to 99 percent of the sulfur emissions. In this way, 60 percent of the particles are reduced.
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