E-power barge will cut cruise ship emissions in Port of HamburgWritten by Nick Blenkey
Two Hamburg, Germany, based companies have come up with an alternative to plugging into shoreside power as a way to cut ships’ emissions while in port.
The Eckelmann Group, a specialist in maritime environmental protection, and supply and disposal logistics, and TUI Cruises have signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to cruise ships getting their electricity from an “e-power barge” by the 2013 cruise season.
Essentially, the 80 m long by 11.5 m wide barge would have 300 cu.m LNG tank supplying gas-burning diesel generator sets producing up to a total 9 MW. The 300 cu.m tank would allow 100 hours of operation at full power.
It is foreseen that a contract for construction of the barge will be awarded this summer and that the project will involve an investment of around EUR 15 million.
March 28, 2012
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