Dunkirk Port First In France To Offer “Cold Ironing” Facility For Containerships

APL SINGAPURA, the ship of the CMA CGM Group, inaugurated the electrical connection facilities at the quay of the Terminal des Flandres at the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque

This innovative device makes it possible to suppress emissions from the auxiliary engines of ships at quayside, thus improving air quality and reducing noise pollution

The CMA CGM Group and the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque confirm their resolute commitment to environmental protection

CMA CGM And Grand Maritime Dunkerque Inaugurate Electrical Connection Device
Image Credits: dunkerque-port.fr

On the occasion of a ceremony organized at the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque (GPMD), in the presence of Eric Etienne, sub-prefect of Dunkerque, Xavier Bertrand, President of the Regional Council of Hauts-de France, Patrice Vergriete, President of the Dunkerque Urban Community, Christine Cabau Woehrel, Executive Central Director in charge of Industrial Assets for the CMA CGM Group, Stéphane Raison, Chairman of the Management Board of Dunkerque-Port, Nicolas Sartini, General Manager of CEVA Logistics, and Gérard Mulliez who, Through its family brands, is the first client of the Port of Dunkirk, the APL SINGAPURA, container ship of the CMA CGM Group, has inaugurated the dockside electrical connection facilities at the Terminal des Flandres in Dunkirk.

The electrical connection to the quay is an efficient technology for environmental protection.

Dockside electrical connection, or “Cold Ironing”, allows container ships in a stopover to shut down their auxiliary engines, while covering their energy needs, and in particular maintaining the controlled temperature of refrigerated containers (“Reefer”).

This innovative technology generates significant environmental gains, including:

  • Complete elimination of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and fine particles emissions during the stay at the ship’s dock;
  • A significant reduction in noise pollution.

A resolute commitment to port infrastructure that is more respectful of the environment

The dockside electrical connection system installed at the Terminal des Flandres will be fully operational during the first half of 2020. Through this ambitious operation, the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque and the CMA CGM Group confirm their resolute commitment to the environment.

The grouping of two ACTEMIUM companies (Brest & Boulogne) has been selected to carry out the work, which covers, in particular, the design and supply of a Cold Ironing system integrated in six 40-foot containers allowing the conversion of public electricity supply. With an output of 8 MW, equivalent to the supply of electricity to nearly 1,000 homes, this device is among the most powerful ever installed at the European level.

This operation was co-financed by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France Region (via the European Regional Development Fund) and the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque. The equipment necessary for connection on board the ship is taken care of by the CMA CGM Group as part of its actions in favor of the energy transition of the industry.

On this occasion, Christine Cabau Woehrel, Executive Central Director in charge of Industrial Assets – CMA CGM Group, declared: “Resolutely committed to the installation of more eco-responsible solutions onboard its ships, the CMA CGM Group supports connection dockside and will continue its installations on Group vessels. We are ready to test this device with other European port authorities who will use this equipment for their container terminals, as the port of Dunkirk has successfully done. ”

For his part, Stéphane Raison, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dunkerque-Port, added: “Committed to a voluntary environmental policy for many years, Dunkerque-Port has decided to implement a particularly innovative shore connection solution for container ship at the Terminal des Flandres to meet this challenge. ”

Reference: dunkerque-port.fr

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