A total of NOK10.7m (US$1.1m) has been awarded by Enova to Plug Nord and the Port of Narvik in Norway to build shore power for cruise vessels. The installation will significantly reduce emissions, contributing to the port becoming futureproofed and more environmentally friendly.
A new cruise quay having recently built in the port, vessels will soon be able to connect to the power grid when docked.
“This is an important environmental measure for the port and for the city of Narvik. Shore power reduces both emissions and noise from port activities,” explained Børge Edvardsen Klingan, port director, Narvik Havn KF. “Dialog with the shipping companies shows that there is a willingness to connect to a future shore power facility.”
For the installation of the shore power infrastructure the port will work with Plug Nord, a collaboration to accelerate the construction and operation of shore power facilities. Plug Nord has previously built what is claimed to be Europe’s largest shore power facility for cruise ships in Bergen, Norway.
On completion, the new shore power facility will be able to supply a single cruise ship. A high-voltage facility will be constructed for larger cruise ships in addition to a smaller low-voltage facility for smaller cruise vessels.
“This illustrates that shore power is an important part of a more environmentally friendly future. We are building the infrastructure necessary for the ships to connect,” said Maria Bos, CEO, Plug and Plug Nord. “We know that some of the cruise vessels are ready to receive shore power, but we hope more shipowners will follow suit. That is the only way we can maximize usage and significantly reduce emissions.”
“If all goes according to plan, it will be possible to complete the facilities during 2024,” added Børge Edvardsen Klingan. “We look forward to offering the cruise ships calling at Narvik environmentally friendly energy from shore.”