Hamburg prepares for onshore power at Cruise Center Steinwerder

OPS construction work begins at Cruise Center Steinwerder (c) Cruise Gate Hamburg (Image at - October 2022)Construction work to supply onshore power (OPS) at Cruise Center Steinwerder began in autumn 2022, with completion scheduled for the second half of 2023.

This will be the second OPS for cruiseships in Hamburg, following that at Cruise Center Altona, which has been in operation since June 2016.

Shorepower at Cruise Center HafenCity will be available once the terminal opens for the cruise season in 2024.

By 2025, Hamburg will be one of the first ports in Europe to offer OPS for both cruiseships and large container ships, five years earlier than EU requirements stipulate.

Simone Maraschi, managing director Cruise Gate Hamburg, comments: “We are aware of the fact that ports play a crucial role in decarbonisation and air pollution control. That is why it is important for us to do everything we can to make our contribution and to take on a pioneering and exemplary role.

“The expansion of the shorepower supply in the Port of Hamburg is another important step in developing the cruise tourism in Hamburg sustainably. We would like to send out a clear signal for more environmental protection and meet the increasing global demand for climate-neutral and environmentally friendly cruising.“

The cruise business generates a gross value added contribution of €420 million a year for Hamburg and its metropolitan region, according to a 2019 study conducted by Hamburg Cruise Net eV and the City of Hamburg. This corresponds to the creation of approximately 4,490 full-time jobs beyond direct employment with the cruise lines.

(Cruise Gate Hamburg)