Copenhagen Charges Ahead with Europe’s Largest Shore Power Facility for Cruise Ships

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This new shore power facility in Copenhagen will supply electricity to cruise ships docked at Oceankaj and Langelinie, improving air quality by reducing emissions from the ships. It represents an important step forward for Copenhagen as a sustainable and leading cruise destination. Copenhagen Malmö Port, the operator of the facility, is excited to offer this green solution to cruise lines starting in 2025 when the port also aims to become carbon neutral in its own operations

A significant milestone in towards a greener future has been reached in Copenhagen: The construction work on the largest shore power facilities for cruise in Europe has commenced. This will be the second shore power facility for passenger vessels in Copenhagen, after the inauguration in 2021 of the facility supplying power to the ferry connecting Oslo operated by DFDS.

This facility, once operational, will supply shore power to the numerous cruise ships that grace our city, both at Oceankaj and Langelinie.

This initiative is not just about powering ships; it’s about ensuring better air quality for the people of Copenhagen and limiting emissions from cruise ships. It is a natural step for Copenhagen, affirming the strength of the Danish capital as a major regional cruise hub – not just as a magnificent all-year destination it is own right with a strong focus on sustainability, as well as an effective turn-around port. Copenhagen is building its success on strong partnerships, modern terminal infrastructure, and a major international airport. Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) is excited to see this project come to life and look forward to reaping its benefits from the 2025 season – the year when CMP is also expecting to become CO2-neutral in own operations.

As the operator of this facility, CMP are eager to offer this new solution to our customers who already hold Copenhagen in high regard as a cruise city.

“The marking of the construction start for the new shore power facility together with the Municipality of Copenhagen and By & Havn is an important milestone in the green transition that benefits the people of Copenhagen. 2024 is the year when the construction starts. It is also the year when Copenhagen won the award as Europe’s leading cruise port and the year when we for the first time have cruise bookings in all 12 months of the year. It is a positive development, at the same time as we also see that the shipping companies’ readiness for shore power has increased significantly. We are therefore very much looking forward to putting the facility into operation next year and offering shore power to the ships that call at Oceankaj and Langelinie – 5 years before it becomes a legal requirement”, says Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO at Copenhagen Malmö Port.

CMP is delighted to see the cruise lines’ ability to accept shore power increase significantly. This year, CMP is expecting 24 maiden calls, of which 10 will be in Copenhagen and 14 in Visby, Gotland – a testament to the many new and environmentally advanced ships calling the region.

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