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Stena Line connects to shore power in Kiel

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 with on-shore electricity during port stay.

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 will reduce its CO2 emissions with shore power by 13,000 tonnes per year.

The new shore power facility in Kiel provides 100% green electricity, thus also avoiding NOX-, SOX- and particle emissions during the port stay of Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica.

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 13,000 tonnes 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.

“Shore power supply is important for us for two reasons: First, we want to have an immediate positive impact on the air quality in the ports we use,” said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line and member of the Swedish Government Elelctrification Commission.

“Secondly, we expect an even higher share of electrification in ports in the future – at cars, trucks, port vehicles and not the least at ships. With our battery and power bank projects, we develop our ferry services further in that direction constantly and we learn something new each day. In 2030 we expect to launch a 100% battery powered and fossil free vessel.”

The inauguration marks the official start of the on-shore power supply for Stena Line in Kiel. The facility was co-funded by the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and the EU. In addition, Germany´s federal government recently agreed on a political package to significantly decrease the user prices for on-shore electricity.

“We are very grateful for the political support on various levels. The planned decrease of user prices for shore side electricity is an important step for the competitiveness of environmentally and climate-friendly technologies in Northern Europe. At the same time, we are very happy about the continuous positive dialogue with our partners at Port of Kiel and the city of Kiel,” said Ron Gerlach, Managing Director, Stena Line Germany.