Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on Tuesday (23 June) said its luxury ship Europa 2 has had its cold ironing connection certified by the classification society DNV GL after extensive use and compatibility testing.
The compatibility of the cold ironing connection at the Cruise Center in Altona was adjusted by Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), as the smaller Europa 2 required a lower voltage than other cruise ships that were using cold ironing there.
Europa 2 has been successfully using cold ironing at the Cruise Center Altona in Hamburg for the past 30 days and was able to save a total of 600 tons of carbon dioxide.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises noted all new ships in its fleet are equipped for cold ironing as it reduces a cruise ship’s emissions to practically zero during its laytime.
The electricity used is being supplied by Hamburg Energie and comes from 100% renewable resources, which means that the operation of the Europa 2 in the port is practically climate-neutral.
“We are glad that we have been able to make such valuable use of this forced break by driving forward cold ironing and the certification of the Europa 2,” said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
“Successful use of cold ironing is another important part of our environmental strategy. We use marine gas oil with a low 0.1% sulphur content in the whole fleet, all over the world, thereby going beyond the legal requirements.”
Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Published: 25 June, 2020
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