Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2021

1 5 3 the other two cruise centres in the Port of Hamburg will offer shore power from 100 per cent renewable energies by 2024. In addition, Simone Maraschi, managing director of Cruise Gate Hamburg, says: “We are currently developing a slot management/traffic guidance platform, which will help us optimise the traffic, minimise waiting times for trucks and buses and therefore reduce the emissions at the terminals in the future.” Located at the heart of Old Montreal in Canada, Port Montreal has new cruise facilities that have been designed with sustainable development in mind. They offer dockside shore power, which the port says has saved more than 1,350 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) since 2019. It is estimated that 2,800 tonnes of GHGs per year can be avoided in the long term. The port also has direct connection to a sanitary sewer for disposal of grey and black water. A large green roof on top of the main cruise terminal features more than 20,000 flowering and aromatic plants. In late 2020, Canada’s Greater Victoria Harbour Authority confirmed that the organisation will proceed with the next stage of the shore power project for the Victoria Cruise Terminal at The Breakwater District. The Ship Emission Mitigation Technology Assessment and Business Case indicates that a reduction of more than 46 per cent of GHGs and criteria air contaminants (CACs) is achievable with the installation of shore power at two berths at Pier B, which welcomes 75 per cent of all cruise ship calls. The reduction of GHG emissions and CACs is equivalent to 1,394 cars on the road. The drive for electrification Malta’s Valletta Cruise Port, a subsidiary of Global Ports Holding, is supporting a €49.9 million ($59.7 million) initiative spearheaded by Infrastructure Malta and Transport Malta to develop shoreside electricity. The first part of this two- phased project includes a €37 million ($44 million) investment to provide shore power on the five main cruise ship quays of the Grand Harbour by the end of 2023. Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of GPH, says: “Each quay will be supplied with shoreside transformers and shore-to-ship connection panels that enable ships to turn off their combustion engines and switch to electrical power as soon as they berth.” Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT), manager and operator of Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, is committed to sustainable operations for the benefit of the environment. WCT has reduced carbon output per passenger by 52 per cent via thoroughly reviewing energy management practices, such as installing energy-saving lights and motion sensors, rezoning lighting, reprogramming lifts, and making judicious use of Hong Kong’s first district cooling system. WCT was the first Hong Kong building to install superchargers in its car park alongside standard vehicle chargers, and provides electric forklifts. Planned initiatives include lobbying for LNG bunkering, and use of heat insulating films for windows. In the UK, Tor Bay Harbour Authority, which operates the popular cruise port of Torquay as well as Paignton and Brixham ports, has Port Canaveral’s new fireboat (part of the port ’s new LNG infrastructure) with Allure of the Seas and the SpaceX booster