Oslo inaugurated shore power for cruise ferries

Shore power celebrations: Kim Heiberg, Route Director, DFDS; Johan Edelman, Trade Director, Norway, Stena Line; Kjetil Lund, Vice Mayor, Business Development and Public Ownership, City of Oslo; Lan Marie Berg, Vice Mayor, Environment and Transport, City of Oslo; Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment; and Ingvar M. Mathisen, Port Director, Port of Oslo.

It was quite a celebration with music, Norwegian seasonal delicacies and lunch on board Stena Line’s ship in the Port of Oslo on 8 January. The port had invited government and city officials, including Ola Elvestuen, Norway’s minister for the environment, and partners to the official inauguration of the new shore power system for Stena’s and DFDS’ ferries in the port.

DFDS was represented by Kariann Jacobsen, Margrethe Sand,  Linda Palmquist and Route Director Kim Heiberg. He received flowers from the port and was interviewed by journalists.

The interest was huge, as could be seen from the many news reports in Norwegian and international press after the ceremony.

Stena Line is expected to start using the system shortly and DFDS’  Pearl Seaways will do so in February  after maintenance docking in Fayard in Denmark, where the necessary on-board equipment for receiving shore power is installed. The other ship on the route, Crown Seaways, will have equipment installed in January 2020 during the scheduled maintenance docking.

“We have decided to install shore power equipment on board our ships to support the environmental policies of the City of Oslo and Port of Oslo and their investment in shore power facilities. With the investment in the equipment on board, we’re helping to ensure that the expensive power installation ashore is used as intended to reduce the emission of harmful substances in an urban area. We are obviously pleased to contribute to this,” says Kim Heiberg.

The aim is to make the maritime industry as environmentally friendly as possible and support the Port of Oslo’s journey towards becoming a zero-emissions port.

January 11, 2019