• 2018 September 24 14:03

    Norway’s largest cruise port of Bergen to build Europe’s largest onshore power supply facility

    “We are building a shore power facility that will supply three cruise vessels with power simultaneously. The aim is for the facility to be ready at the beginning of the cruise season in 2020. Furthermore, with the support of the municipality of Bergen, a more limited facility that will serve one cruise vessel at a time will be ready by 2019” as explained by the Port Director Johnny Breivik, the company said in its press release.

    Bergen is Norway’s largest cruise port and the fourth largest in Europe. Throughout 2018 342 cruise vessels will have visited Port of Bergen, which is an increase of about 31 vessels from the previous year. Vessels that dock at Port of Bergen emit large quantities of particles, NOX and CO2, and the motivation for the joint company is to reduce these emissions as soon as possible.

    “BKK is the largest renewable energy company in Western Norway and is already facilitating for hydropower, power grids, fibre, district heating and public fast charging points for electric vehicles. Building on this BKK is now establishing a joint company with Port of Bergen as a way of contributing to an emissions free development of the maritime transport industry. This is done by developing and operating shore power facilities that will supply the vessels with clean energy” as said by the Executive Vice President of Innovation and Development at BKK Ingrid von Streng Velken.

    A shore power facility that can supply three cruise vessels at the same time is estimated to cost around 120 million NOK. Port of Bergen is applying for funding for about 50 million NOK from Enova, a state owned grant scheme, as investment support. The remaining cost of the investment will be paid for by Port of Bergen and BKK. However over time the industry itself, the owners of the vessels that dock at Port of Bergen, will ultimately pay for the cost of establishing shore power.

    “The aim is for all vessels that dock at Port of Bergen to use renewable energy. For this to be a reality one has to make sure that shore power is the preferred alternative by the cruise lines. The cruise lines and the polluting vessels must, over time, be willing to accept the majority of the cost, although Port of Bergen is still reliant on funding from Enova” says Breivik.

    “To tackle the issue of pollution we either facilitate for a sustainable cruise industry or the latter has no future in Norwegian waters. There is no valid reason that allows for cruise vessels to pollute our fjords or ports when this can be eliminated through offering shore power” says Breivik.

    “Port of Bergen and BKK can together make a real difference and contribute to a rapid transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy within the maritime transport industry. With Port of Bergen’s importance as a cruise destination Bergen is a focal starting point. However it is a clear objective to promote shore power as a standard in all ports” says Velken.

    Bergen municipality has adopted an ambition to become fossil-free by 2030. Offering shore power to all vessels by 2020 is part of the Bergen’s Environment Strategy.

    In Europe only Hamburg and Kristiansand offer shore power to cruise vessels. A facility is being developed in Kiel. The US on the other hand has invested more in shore power, and as a result of this there are ten ports throughout North-American and Canada that offer shore power.

    Port of Bergen is well ahead when it comes to offering shore power to offshore vessels. Four points are built, and by 2020 the number will be 15.

    BKK is a leading company in Western Norway in the field of renewable energy and innovative infrastructure. The company’s operation includes production of hydropower and other renewable energy solutions and development and operation of fibre, power and district heating.

    Port of Bergen

    Port of Bergen is Norway’s second largest port, and Norway’s largest cruise port. The port’s most important objectives are to promote sustainable maritime transport and manage, operate and develop port areas.




2018 October 16

18:33 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
18:03 ABS holds two seminars at the 58th Genoa International Boat Show
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 9M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 10.65 million tonnes
17:36 Wärtsilä opens the first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence in the world
17:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge on Asia and India to Africa trades
16:56 Wärtsilä launches Acceleration Centre in Singapore and partners with MPA and PSA Marine to develop IntelliTug
16:40 Throughput of port Vyborg in 9M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 1.33 million tonnes
16:21 Throughput of port Primorsk in 9M’18 fell by 11% Y-o-Y to 39.80 million tonnes
16:03 Höegh LNG announces amendment of the Höegh Gallant time charter
15:44 LUKOIL starts construction of facilities at Rakushechnoye field
15:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 9M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 13.69 million tonnes
15:03 Avatar Logistics initiates cooperation with Sand & Grus AB Jehander and buys the vessel MS Jehander
14:41 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 9M’18 declined by 5% Y-o-Y to 72.38 million tonnes
14:20 CMA CGM announces GRR from Far East to West Africa
14:03 Lithuanian Railways, Metrans and the Port of Hamburg strengthen relations
13:52 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg up 12% to 44.22 million tonnes in 9M’18
13:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces update on scrubbers
12:39 Project 22800 small missile ship Burya to be floated out on 23 October
12:13 Rolls-Royce and Intel announce autonomous ship collaboration
11:55 The Port of Riga outlines a vision for future development of Spilve Meadows
11:31 Ørsted selects GeoSea for Borssele 1 & 2 foundation and turbine transport and installation
11:14 Jan De Nul will dredge access channel to Guayaquil Port
11:11 RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet detachment completed tasks in Mediterranean Sea
10:59 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam celebrates 70 years and bids farewell to director Frits van Dongen
10:50 Detachment of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet completes visit to Republic of Korea
10:28 WMU holds needs assessment workshop in Jordan
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.31% to $81.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $71.86
09:43 IMO ​pushing forward with tackling greenhouse gas emissions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,584 points

2018 October 15

18:23 MOL joins hands with partners to launch FOCUS project
17:59 Moscow to host a conference on construction of LNG-powered and LNG bunker ships on October 24
17:46 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian newbuilds contracts
17:05 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS registered on NOTC
16:56 Tall ships arrive at Port of Ipswich as part of 'Race of the Classics'
16:37 Coast Guard ends search after plane crash victims bodies are located
16:20 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers 8,140 DWT Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
16:04 DNV GL leads consortium to update Carbon Trust Floating LiDAR Roadmap
15:34 East Mediterranean projects take steps towards adoption of alternative fuels
15:04 NYK approves Japan Climate Action Summit declaration
14:51 Wärtsilä LNG solutions featured on environmentally advanced cruise ship
14:35 Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray in Georgia, South Carolina
14:17 Andrey Shunin appointed as General Director of Caspian Energy Management
13:28 Cooperation for sustainable shipping in the Mediterranean
12:41 ACL christens its newest G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun
12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles
06:16 Vinalines posts profit of US$900,000 in the first nine months of 2018

2018 October 14

09:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
09:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
09:16 Port of Corpus Christi moves record tonnage in first nine months of 2018