Valletta Cruise Port, a subsidiary of Global Ports Holding, has successfully integrated shore power technology.
Viking Saturn become the first cruise vessel to be fully energised through the Onshore Power Supply system on 1 December. On the following day, Viking Venus berthed on the Boiler Wharf and was simultaneously provided with power, demonstrating the system’s capacity to charge two vessels at once.
"This accomplishment underscores our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation,” said Mehmet Kutman, chairman and CEO of Global Ports Holding. “I extend my sincere thanks to the Maltese Government and Infrastructure Malta for their pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition. Special appreciation goes to the Valletta Cruise Port team for their persistent efforts and coordination."
The €49.9 million initiative was led by Malta’s Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Infrastructure Malta and Transport Malta, and was supported by Valletta Cruise Port. The new system provides shore power on the five main cruise ship quays of Valletta’s Grand Harbour, supplying power to berthed ships and allowing them to shut down onboard generators.
"This project, among many others, showcases the Maltese government's commitment to leading the way in implementing changes essential for a robust and sustainable economy," said Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta.