Kiel enables emission-free ship supply during the port’s laytime. Start for the construction of the first shore-side power plant in Kiel’s commercial port:
During a ceremony, Schleswig-Holstein’s Economics Minister Dr. Bernd Buchholz, Kiel’s Lord Mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Port Director Dr. Dirk Claus and Color Line GmbH Managing Director Dirk Hundertmark together with Lars Nürnberger, Head of Siemens Kiel Branch, turned the first sod at the Norwegenkai. From spring 2019, large cruise ferries will be able to be fully supplied with shore-side power during their port service in Kiel. Minister Buchholz: “We are working hard to make an important contribution to air pollution control. Ship emissions during the port’s laytime are sustainably reduced by shore-side electricity. We are supporting this trend-setting project and are also working at federal level to improve the economic framework conditions.” The shore-side power plant for the Norwegian quay is part of the BLUE PORT concept, which already provides for further plants of this type in Kiel. Dirk Claus: “After the Norwegian quay, the Schwedenkai and the cruise terminal on the Ostseekai will also be capable of carrying shore power by 2020. In the future, we want to supply half of all ship calls at Kiel with shore-side electricity. We are thus setting standards throughout Europe”.
The Port of Kiel is the owner of the shore-side power plant at Norwegenkai, which is being built by Siemens AG. The investment total amounts to 1.3 million euros. At the ground-breaking ceremony, Minister Buchholz handed over a state subsidy notice to the Lord Mayor of Kiel. Ulf Kämpfer: “With the shore power plant, we are also reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides and fine dust in the port.
In addition, less carbon dioxide is emitted, thus taking climate protection into account. The ships of the Norwegian Color Line, the “Color Fantasy” and the “Color Magic”, connect Kiel with Oslo on a daily basis. Arrival at the Norwegenkai is at 10.00 am with departure at 14.00 pm. The annual electricity requirement during the port’s laytime is around 4 million kilowatt hours.
Dirk Hundertmark, Managing Director of Color Line GmbH: “Our ships are equipped for power supply from land and have been in Oslo since 2011 and in all four Norwegian ports at the port socket since 2017. With Kiel, another port is now providing the necessary infrastructure to further advance and support our strategy to protect the environment”.
The shore-side power plant for the Kieler Norwegenkai has a maximum connected load of 4.5 megawatts (MW) with an electrical voltage of 10 kilovolts (KV) and a grid frequency of 50 Hertz (Hz). Lars Nürnberger, Branch Manager of Siemens AG in Kiel: “The plant is tailored to the needs of the port and shipping company.
The considerable performance data and day-to-day operation ensure a high level of environmental benefit. On site, emissions will be zero in the future.” The heart of the plant are the NG3 land-to-ship transfer station (PLUG) and the air-insulated metal-encapsulated medium-voltage switchgear. The PLUG transfer station is equipped with a programmable logic controller (PLC) that communicates with the switchgear in the land station. All necessary switching operations transmitted by the ship via the interface are carried out fully automatically. Before power is transferred from shore to ship, the system checks the correct plug and cable connections. Once this has been done, the shore power connection is switched on. The ship synchronises itself with the shore power system, which supplies the ship’s electrical system.