The inauguration of a new shore power facility in Kiel means that Stena Line now has the possibility to connect 14 vessels at seven terminals to on-shore electricity during port stays.

'Stena Scandinavica' connected up in Kiel

'Stena Scandinavica' connected up in Kiel

The new connection in Kiel will reduce the CO2 emissions from the two vessels Stena Scandinavica and Stena Germanica by 2,700 tonnes per year. In total Stena Line claims it will reduce its CO2 emissions with shore power by 13,000 tonnes per year.

The Kiel facility provides 100% green electricity, thus also avoiding NOX-, SOX- and particle emissions for the connected vessels.

Aside from Kiel, Stena Line has the possibility to connect to shore power supply at its two terminals in Göteborg, as well as in Karlskrona, Norvik, Trelleborg and Hoek van Holland, thus saving upto 13,000t of CO2 per year in its network. Of the 36 vessels in the Stena Line fleet, 14 are now equipped with High Voltage Shore Connection systems (HVSC).

“Shore power supply is important for us for two reasons,” says Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line and member of the Swedish Government Electrification Commission. “Firstly, we want to have an immediate positive impact on the air quality in the ports we use. Secondly, we expect an even higher share of electrification in ports in the future – of cars, trucks, port vehicles and not the least the ships. With our battery and power bank projects, we are developing our ferry services further in that direction, and we learn something new each day. In 2030 we expect to launch a 100% battery powered and fossil free vessel”,

By Jake Frith