Port of Dunkirk Inaugurates Shoreside Power
The CMA CGM container ship APL Singapura became the first ship to use the Port of Dunkirk's shoreside power (cold ironing) facilities last week.
The cold ironing system installed at the Terminal des Flandres in France will become fully operational during the first half of 2020.
ACTEMIUM, a consortium of two companies (Brest and Boulogne) was selected to carry out the works including the design and supply of the system which fits into six 40-foot containers. With a capacity of 8MW – enough to power nearly 1,000 homes – this system is one of the most powerful ever to be installed in Europe.
The operation was co-financed by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region (via the European Regional Development Fund), and the Port of Dunkirk. The CMA CGM Group covered the cost of the equipment needed to connect the vessel.
In December last year, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomed Europe’s ambition to become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, as proposed in the European Green Deal published on December 11. The Green Deal states that transport should become drastically less polluting, especially in cities. The Commission says it will take action in relation to maritime transport, including to regulate access of the most polluting ships to E.U. ports and to oblige docked ships to use shoreside power.