Europe Sees First Successful Cold Iron Power Transfer to Cruise Ship

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Becker Marine Systems (Becker) has completed Europe's first instance of cold-ironing of a cruise ship at the Port of Hamburg, HHP Insight reports

The Hummel, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) hybrid barge, was reportedly successful in providing electrical power to AIDAsol, which is owned by Carnival's AIDA Cruises.

"With this successful premiere, the Port of Hamburg is serving as a global role model," said Becker Marine Systems managing directors Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann in an official statement.

"To improve air quality at port cities preferably all modern seagoing vessels should be able to do this in future."

in separate reports, AIDA Cruises president Michael Ungerer said that the new system had added a new chapter of environmental protection at the port. 

The Hummel reportedly produces 7.5 megawatts of power using five generators. 

Becker originally launched its cold ironing system in September last year. 

At the time, it was announced that the system would allow cruise ships to switch off their on-board, oil-powered generators during layovers, which would reduce overall emissions.