The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s 2023 Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report indicates that 120 ships in the global cruise fleet (45.5 per cent of CLIA member vessels) are equipped with the necessary technologies to connect to shore power when berthed in ports. CLIA expects this will rise to 71.1 per cent by 2028 due to cruise lines launching an additional 35 newbuilds with built-in capabilities and retrofitting a further 67 existing ships with the technology.
Ports worldwide are investing in shore power facilities to accommodate these ships. There are currently 34 with at least one cruise berth equipped with the technology, a further 24 projects with funding and an additional 16 in the planning stages. As part of our 'Shore Power: Sailing to a greener future’ feature, we asked two shore power technology providers about how their solutions are helping ports achieve these goals.
“At Fjuel, we are a Norwegian technology company with in-depth experience in the establishment and operation of shore power units,” says Svetlana Hansen, chief commercial officer at Fjuel. “We help ports to take smart decisions during the crucial process of acquiring shore power and charging facilities. When the infrastructure is established, we provide ports both live data-powered software for easy and profitable operation and usage of the facilities, as well as charge point operation services. So, if you’re looking for an experienced energy partner that can help you become an emission free port by 2050, Fjuel is the partner for you!”
“With our BluEco Shore Power solution, all types of ships can be powered up with the needed energy and shut down the onboard generators, meeting the stringent environmental regulations for ports worldwide in the most efficient way,” said Hans Petter Heggebø, chief commercial officer at Blueday Technology. “The system fulfils all different power requirements of a port operator, shipowner, and grid supplier. It can be installed at any port and adapted to any berth topology and power requirement. Our turnkey solutions providing shore connections for berthed ships is ensuring the reliability and safety of the power system requirement and provides a fast, simple, and flexible connection to the ship.”
This article was first published in the 2024 issue of Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed. Subscribe to Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning for FREE to get the next issue delivered directly to your inbox.