The Port of Kiel has shown a strong inclination to decarbonize port operations. In this spirit, the port authority has launched their three-step plan to become carbon neutral through the interaction of wide range of measures. The port aims to reduce emissions by 60% by 2023, with subsequent targets of 90% and 100% reductions in carbon emissions by 2025 and 2030, respectively. The strategy calls for a faster deployment of onshore power supply for cruise ships and ferries, as well as the development of green electricity and the introduction of electric vehicle fleet for port operations and transportation, respectively. In the recent years, Kiel’s port authority has shown a great intent towards shore power technology to limit carbon emission at the port. The port has been actively facilitating ferry traffic of Stena Line at Ostseekai and Color Line at Norwegenkai on regular basis for the past two years and now extending its capability by providing shore power facilities for two cruise vessels namely AIDAsol and the AIDAprima from this year. The port authority also plans to construct a couple of shore power units for ferries and cruise vessels in the coming years. Talking about the players active in the German shore power market, Siemens is the clear leader with the strong past reference in Germany and reckoning to be active in the coming year. German ports have shown a strong interest in shore power technology in recent years, with state governments signing an agreement to improve the framework conditions for the use of shore power in the ports of Kiel, Lubeck, Rostock, Hamburg, Niedersachsen Ports, and Bremen. German ports anticipate a handsome growth in shore power market by 2023, as major German ports of Baltic Sea and North Sea region are actively participating in the consortiums and organizational funding programs to deploy shore power facilities at ports.
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