Cruise Baltic launches new onshore power supply overview
Last year, Cruise Baltic created an overview of onshore power supply in the Baltic Sea region to give Cruise Lines easy access to information on shore power information and to make sustainable itinerary planning easier.
The cruise network is now ready with an updated, more user-friendly version aligned with Cruise Europe and Cruise Britain.
Cruise Baltic works to strengthen the commitment to the use of onshore power supply in the Baltic Sea region. As a part of this work Cruise Baltic has shared knowledge with Cruise Europe and Cruise Britain and worked actively to align the databases with both cruise networks. The new version of the OPS overview aims to increase user-friendliness and is easy to access directly from the front-page of cruisebaltic.com.
Details have also been updated to make sure all necessary information is available to cruise lines such as power supplied, fees and connection time.
”Having a tool like the OPS overview allows us to plan itineraries based on available onshore power supply more sufficiently. With this new update it will become even easier for our itinerary planners to find the relevant information and plan sustainably. Although we still need more ports to install shore power systems, an overview like this is a great support for the cruise industry’s green transition and helps us in meeting our guests’ demands for a more sustainable vacation,” says Marcus Puttich, Director Destinations, TUI Cruises.
Onshore power supply is contributing to local environmental improvements in and near the ports. By minimizing the release of detrimental NOx, SOx, and particulate matter, which are linked to air pollution, reducing noise and vibration, OPS helps improve air quality and the overall well-being of surrounding areas.
”With the update of the onshore power supply overview on our website, we hope to continue to encourage cruise lines to take the next steps towards a greener cruise industry and encourage the installation of shore power in our region. With a wide-ranging and up-to-date information on OPS, we make it easier for cruise lines to embrace sustainable practices and use the available facilities. We are proud to contribute to reducing environmental impact and promoting a more sustainable future,” says Klaus Bondam, Director of Cruise Baltic.
The ports that already have OPS installed in the Baltic Sea region are Kiel and Rostock in Germany, Kristiansand in Norway and Aarhus in Denmark. Later this year, Stockholm in Sweden will also be ready with shore power shortly followed by Copenhagen, Denmark in 2025. It is estimated that 9-14 ports will be shore power ready by 2030. So far, approximately 40% of the world’s cruise fleet is fitted with shore power and 75% is expected to be shore power ready by 2030.
Cruise Baltic was founded in 2004 and is a B2B network of 32 cruise ports in the Baltic Sea region aiming to promote the region towards cruise lines and travel agents. The network offers all cruise lines easy access, great service, high standards, and full integration between ports and cities throughout the region.