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Thursday, June 17, 2021 

The work to establish a shore power facility at the DFDS Seaways ferry terminal in Copenhagen is in full swing; the initiative being a joint collaboration between Copenhagen Port (CMP) and DFDS, with the Swedish company Actemium as contractor and COWI as technical advisor.

The facility is expected to be operational in late summer 2021 and will make it possible for DFDS’ ferries Crown Seaways and Pearl Seaways to significantly reduce the ships’ CO2 emissions while in port.

CMP’s and DFDS’ joint shore power initiative fits with the ambitions of both companies to continue to make the port activities in Copenhagen greener. Once the shore power facility has been established, it will become possible for the ferries to turn off the ship’s generators and thus reduce the emissions of air pollutants as well as particulates.

“Since 2019 we have been using shore power on our ships in the Port of Oslo and we look forward to also being able to reduce the amount of air pollutants and particulates when the ships are located at DFDS’ terminal at the port in Copenhagen. We know from Oslo that such installations have a very positive impact on the environment in and around the port and especially in regards to the residents who live in close vicinity to our terminals,” said Torben Carlsen, CEO DFDS.

“Long-term planning, design and tendering are bearing fruit when the shore power facility is put into operation during the late summer. The shore power initiative is of significant importance to us and an important milestone in our efforts to contribute to the UN’s global sustainable development goals. To achieve this in close cooperation with DFDS feels really special, and we look forward to the ferries being connected to shore power this summer when they are berthed in Copenhagen,” said CMP CEO Barbara Scheel Agersnap.

Swedish-based turnkey contractor Actemium is setting up the facility in Copenhagen. Actemium has previously established 16 Onshore Power Supply (OPS) facilities in the Nordic region, including a facility in Oslo that the DFDS ferries use.

“We at Actemium are honoured to be involved in this important assignment and are delighted with the confidence shown in us. The assignment also includes carrying out excavations and installation work on site, remote monitoring, operation of the facility, and maintenance. A remotely manoeuvred crane for connections to the ferries will also be installed on the quayside in the respective ferry berths. We at Actemium are very proud of how our OPS facilities help our customers and users to contribute to a more sustainable future that is less dependent on fossil fuels,” said André Olofsson, Project Manager Actemium OPS.

The shore power installation at the DFDS quays is the first shore power facility in Copenhagen.

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