Published: 2020-01-09

Inaugurating OPS at the Port of Dunkirk

Ports & terminals Inaugurating OPS at the Port of Dunkirk

Photo: CMA CGM

APL SINGAPURA operated by the CMA CGM Group, was the first to make use of Terminal des Flandres’ on-shore power supply (OPS) facilities.

Also known as 'cold ironing', OPS allows ships to turn off their auxiliary engines at berth, by switching to a shore-based electric power source, reducing air and noise pollution. It cuts SOx and NOx, as well as particle emissions, to zero. Provided power is sufficient for the vessel to feed its needs while at berth, such as maintaining controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers (reefers).

The cold ironing system installed at the Terminal des Flandres will become fully operational during the first half of 2020. Actemium is the technology provider of choice for the project. The company designed and supplied a cold ironing system that fits into six 40ft containers, converting the public electricity supply for use by berthed ships. With a capacity of 8 MW, enough to power nearly 1k homes, this system is one of the most powerful currently in use in Europe.

The operation was co-financed by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region (via the European Regional Development Fund), and the Port of Dunkirk. The CMA CGM Group covered the cost of the equipment needed to connect the vessel, in line with its efforts to support energy transition in the shipping industry.

Christine Cabau Woehrel, Executive VP for Industrial Assets, CMA CGM Group, commented: "Given CMA CGM's steadfast commitment to installing more environmentally responsible solutions on board its vessels, the Group supports cold ironing and we will continue to equip our fleet accordingly. We are ready to test this system with other European port authorities that are committed to using cold ironing at their container ship terminals, as the Port of Dunkirk has successfully done."

Stéphane Raison, Chairman, Port of Dunkirk Executive Board, added, "Our decision to develop this particularly innovative solution allowing container ships to plug into onshore power at the Terminal des Flandres is in line with the pro-active environmental policy that the Port of Dunkirk has been pursuing for many years."

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