Cruise Ships Can Now Use Electricity in Reykjavík Harbour

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Reykjavik’s Old Harbour just got significantly greener, as cruise ships can now connect to electricity while they are docked there, RÚV reports. This can save as much as 8,000 litres of diesel fuel per 12-hour stay. The change means less air and noise pollution from cruise ships in the city centre.

The first vessel to take advantage of the new power system was Norwegian cruise ship Fridtjof Nansen, which docked early yesterday morning. It was connected to electricity during an official ceremony yesterday. It took only ten minutes to connect the ship.

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Fridtjof Nansen’s Chief Engineer Jan Robin Pettersen says using electricity while in the harbour saves between 7,000 and 8,000 litres of diesel fuel over 12 hours. “Normally we would burn this and there would be emissions for Reykjavík and the planet but now we are saving that, and everyone that drives a diesel car knows that it’s expensive.” Having the engines switched off does take some getting used to, however. “For the first time, it’s quiet in the engine room and that’s something a little bit strange for us.”

All ports in the Trans-European Transport Network will be required to offer ships connection to electricity by 2030. In Iceland, this includes not just Reykjavík’s old harbour, but ports across the country.

Read more about Iceland’s energy transition efforts.