Terminal de Flandres starts "cold ironing" operations
At the port of Dunkirk, the “APL Singapura”, a container ship belonging to CMA CGM, was the first vessel to use the cold ironing facilities at the port of Dunkirk’s Terminal des Flandres.
Present at the inauguration ceremony were Christine Cabau Woehrel, CMA CGM group executive vice president in charge of industrial assets, Stéphane Raison, chairman of the port of Dunkirk executive board, Nicolas Sartini, CEO of Ceva Logistics, and Gérard Mulliez, founder of Auchan, who is the first customer of the port of Dunkirk through the group’s family-owned companies.
By plugging into an onshore electricity supply (also known as "cold ironing"), container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in reefers.
This technology causes zero emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides and fine particles and reduces noise while ships are in port. The cold ironing system installed at the Terminal des Flandres will become fully operational during the first half of 2020. (mw)