Shore Power Infrastructure for Sustainability by Siemens

Author photo: Sharada Prahladrao
By Sharada Prahladrao
Project Success Story

SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG (PORT OF KIEL, Germany) has commissioned Siemens AG with the construction of two additional SIHARBOR shore power plants at Kiel’s Ostuferhafen. The construction project with a total investment value of approximately €17 million comprises a 50/60 Hz shore power plant for cruise ships and ferries and a 50 Hz shore power plant for ferries. It makes it possible to generate the electricity ships need while they are in port using renewable energies on shore instead of diesel generators on board. The new shore power connection will be one of the largest installations of its kind in Europe. After completion of the project at the end of 2023, the port of Kiel will be able to supply green power to six ships simultaneously at all of its major passenger, cargo and ferry terminals. Siemens is building shore power infrastructure for sustainability.

Shore Power Infrastructure

Connecting ships to shore power has enormous economic and environmental impact. Ships save expensive fuel, new business models open up for port operators, and port staff and residents benefit from a significant reduction in noise and pollution. For Siemens, the contract includes execution planning, delivery, assembly, cabling and commissioning of all plant and structural components required for the operation of the shore power plants, the necessary structural, civil and hydraulic engineering work, and overall commissioning of the system.

Cooperation with PORT OF KIEL Enters Next Phase 

Siemens won the new contract following an EU-wide invitation to tender and a negotiation procedure with a preliminary qualification competition. The new shore power plant at Ostuferhafen continues the joint success story between Siemens and PORT OF KIEL: the existing shore power plants at Ostseekai and Schwedenkai as well as at Norwegenkai were also built by Siemens. 

Shore Power Infrastructure for Sustainability

The expansion of the shore power infrastructure is one of the high-priority projects of PORT OF KIEL. It has long pursued a clear sustainability strategy aimed at becoming carbon neutral by 2030. In addition to its own transition to sustainable energy sources and innovative solutions for climate protection, the port also wants to use its shore power infrastructure to create incentives for shipping companies to save carbon emissions when their vessels are in port. In addition to CO2 savings, connecting ships to shore power while they are at berth also results in a significant reduction in noise and pollution.


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