Cold ironing system inaugurated at port of Dunkirk

Container terminal at the port of Dunkirk. Credit: Port of Dunkirk

During a ceremony held on 8 January 2020 at the port of Dunkirk, APL SINGAPURA, a container ship belonging to Marseille-based container ship and transportation company CMA CGM, inaugurated the 8 MW capacity onshore electricity connection at the port’s Terminal des Flandres.

By using so called cold-ironing, ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, for example to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers.

This technology has environmental benefits such as zero emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides and fine particles while ships are at berth, and it reduces noise pollution.

The cold-ironing system installed at the Terminal des Flandres will become fully operational during the first half of 2020.

ACTEMIUM, a consortium of two companies, Brest and Boulogne, was selected to carry out the works. These included the design and supply of a cold-ironing system that fits into six 40 ft containers, converting the public electricity supply for use by ships at port.

The operation was co-financed by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region, via the European Regional Development Fund, and the Port of Dunkirk.