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Ship docking in Aarhus and Copenhagen goes environmentally friendly

By implementing a new innovative solution, local authorities can solve a problem that has been plaguing the environment for years

  • August 29, 2020 10:00
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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The Danish cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen will be responding to a major environmental concern by creating onshore power supply systems for docking ships. The creation of these systems can be a real gamechanger as they will eliminate a large source of pollution and will allow for local and national authorities to further amplify their efforts in fighting climate change.

A solution to dockyard pollution

The project for installing the Onshore Power Supply (OPS) systems will be funded by the EU, through the allocation of around 60 million Danish kroner. Upon completion, the systems will give ships arriving at the ports of Aarhus and Copenhagen the opportunity to connect to the local power supply upon docking and will thus lead to a substantial reduction in air pollution and CO2 emissions by the vessels.

The pandemic has not halted the efforts of local authorities in Denmark’s largest port cities from thinking about the environment. Rather, it has strengthened their resolve. While there is a notable lack of cruise ships headed and stationed in Denmark due to the unprecedented situation, transport and cargo vessels have become more regular visitors. The reason for these stops is the fact that ships need to dock on a more frequent basis in order to make sure that their crews are healthy and have the appropriate supplies for any emergency situation.

What is often overlooked is the fact that shipyards and docks are some of the most polluting areas in Europe. That is why many local governments of coastal cities are looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of ships in any way possible.  Their specific needs, however, require very specific solutions, and by introducing new and innovative tech to solve their problems, Aarhus and Copenhagen are certainly once again at the forefront of fighting climate change.

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