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Reduced emissions from ships in Germany

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will support with €3.5 million from the TEN-T Programme a study to explore the case for connecting ships with an onshore electrical power supply to bypass the need for the ship's own auxiliary engines, and thus help to reduce polluting emissions.


The study, selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Programme's priority on new technologies for transport infrastructure, will look at solutions to implement a standardised onshore electrical power supply in the Port of Hamburg (Germany). This will allow ships at berth to draw their power needs directly from the grid, rather than having their auxiliary engines running to produce electricity.


A pilot will also be organised in the framework of the project, in order to test the findings of the main study. Large reductions in air polluting emissions can potentially be generated by using shore side power supply solutions, which contribute to lowering the environmental impact of maritime transport.


The study is set to finish by the end of 2015.