VINCI wins cruise ship shore power deal at HAROPA PORT 

A consortium comprised of subsidiaries from VINCI Energies and VINCI Construction has won a contract for the implementation of a high-voltage power supply system at HAROPA PORT’s Pointe de Floride terminal.

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The system is expected to cut emissions by 15,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, according to French concessions and construction company VINCI.

The project involves supplying a turnkey electricity conversion substation connected to the public grid to power the cruise ships’ batteries. It also includes the modification of a technical hangar and associated civil engineering works.

A purpose-designed mobile connection rig will be built to handle the port’s tidal range – which is among the widest worldwide – and to cover the full length of the berths in order to power ships no matter their size.

Each berth will have a system supplying 11 kV and 6.6 kV power ratings. The first section, the Pierre Callet berth, will be handed over in spring 2025.

Shore power has emerged as a pivotal solution to reduce reliance on onboard diesel generators, aligning with anticipated European standards by 2030 on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from vessels.

HAROPA PORT’s multimodal terminal in Le Havre is one of Europe’s largest port complexes and is rolling out a vigorous plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

This wharf power supply system will be one of the largest ever built in Europe.