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Reducing air pollution from cruise ships in the Port of Copenhagen

By State of Green, June 20, 2019

The City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Malmö Port and CPH City & Port Development have entered into a cooperation to get more green solutions in the Port of Copenhagen and to limit emissions from cruise ships. The first step is the design of an onshore power supply in the North Harbour.

A new cooperation between the City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Malmö Port and CPH City & Port Development will ensure better air quality for residents and neighbours of the Port of Copenhagen and limit emissions from cruise ships in the neighbourhoods that are close to the port. One of the initial projects is the design of an onshore power supply for cruise ships at Ocean Quay in the North Harbour, which will be the first step towards ensuring that large cruise ships no longer have to burn off diesel when they are in port. The objective is to have the onshore power supply in operation in 2021.

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“Copenhageners, including those who live close to the port, are entitled to breathe freely without fearing for their health. Therefore, we are now taking the decisive steps to establish onshore power in the North Harbour and to find a model so that we also get onshore power at Langelinie Pier. The goal is to drastically reduce the emissions from the cruise ships”, said the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen.

Making the Baltic Sea Region the most sustainable cruise destination in the world

The issue of air pollution from cruise ships is not only found in the Port of Copenhagen, but also in most other ports in the Nordic region. Consequently, part of the funding from the City of Copenhagen is earmarked for cooperation with the other major port cities in the Nordic region. The idea behind is that if more ports in the region offer onshore power, it will attract ships that are able to use this type of power,  eventually making the Baltic Sea Region the most sustainable cruise destination in the world.

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Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) also sees opportunities in establishing onshore power.

“The ports have a strong focus on sustainable cruise tourism, and we see this cooperation as a good opportunity to strengthen this effort. Onshore power is one of several options for ensuring a sustainable port now and in the future. In close dialogue with the industry, CMP continuously seeks to find the best possible solutions for the interaction between citizens and cruise ships, so that real improvement can be experienced,” said CEO Barbara Scheel Agersnap.

Facts:

In 2019, Copenhagen will welcome a record of 975.000 cruise passengers and 250.000 crew members from more than 150 nationalities.

The port of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), offers three cruise quays in Copenhagen: Nordre Toldbod, Langelinie Pier and Ocean Quay.

Source: CPH City & Port Development

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