November 8, 2021 - With the restart of its cruises from Germany, AIDA Cruises has expanded the use of green shore power with ships in its fleet to two other German ports in the 2021 summer season.
The Rostock-based cruise company has been using Europe's first shore power system in Hamburg-Altona in regular operation since 2017.
On May 10, 2021, AIDAsol, one of the largest shore power systems in Europe, was opened in Rostock-Warnemünde as part of the 12th National Maritime Conference. Only a few weeks later, on June 16, 2021, the Kiel a cruise ship (AIDAsol) can be supplied with green electricity for the first time.
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At the end of the season in Kiel and Rostock, the company draws an initial positive balance. Both with AIDAsol in Kiel and Rostock-Warnemünde as well Aida Prima In Kiel, despite the technical challenges that the commissioning of this complex infrastructure brings with it on both land and ship, the ships were steadily supplied with green shore power during most calls.
The opening of the facilities in Kiel and Rostock-Warnemünde is the result of two partnership agreements for environmentally friendly cruise tourism that AIDA Cruises had initiated together with the state governments of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as well as the ports of Kiel and Rostock.
The company is also campaigning for the use of this environmentally friendly technology in other destinations. After the restart of the Norwegian season at the end of August 2021, AIDA Cruises was able to complete the first tests on land and ship with AIDAmar in Bergen together with the operators of the new facility.
The goal of AIDA Cruises is to use green shore power in the port with all ships in its fleet in the future and therefore welcomes the plans of many other countries to build up a corresponding infrastructure.
Already in 2004, with the commissioning of AIDAdiva and in the construction of all subsequent ships, the use of shore power has been considered as an option for environmentally friendly ship operation.
AIDA Cruises has been investing in a future-proof and sustainable cruise market as part of its green cruising strategy for many years. Further steps on the way to the first zero-emission ship, which AIDA Cruises plans to put into service in 2030, are in preparation:
In a few months, AIDAcosma will be the second LNG cruise ship to go on tour. 2022 comes on board AIDAnova the first fuel cell to be used and the currently largest battery storage system in cruise shipping with an output of 10 megawatt hours is put into operation on an AIDA ship.
The long-term goal of AIDA Cruises is the emission-neutral ship operation of its entire fleet in 2040. That is why the company is already addressing issues such as the future use of renewable fuels, wind energy, photovoltaics or considering waste as a valuable material for energy generation, e.g. to produce biogas on board from leftover food or with the pyrolysis of paper, plastic & Co.
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