Dunkirk Commissions Cold Ironing for Container Ships

CMA CGM’s APL SINGAPURA is the first container vessel to hook up to shore power in a French seaport

The €1.2M installation at Terminal de Flandres was provided for the port authority (GPM de Dunkerque) by ACTEMIUM, part of Vinci Energies. The system, which will become fully operational during H1 this year, is housed in six 40ft containers and can generate 8 MW, enough to supply 1,000 homes. It is supported by a new sub-station in the Western Docks, which cost an additional €1M.

Dunkirk logged a new container handling record in 2019 with traffic increasing 7% to 450,000 TEU. Container traffic has grown by an aggregate of 54% since 2013, according to the port authority (GPM de Dunkerque).

GPM noted, however, that the number of accompanied and unaccompanied trailers moving over the ferry terminal was down 2% to 583,000 units, while tourist car numbers were down 16% to 579,000 and the passenger count on the ferries was down 11.1% to 2.341M. Cross-Channel traffic, at 15 Mt, accounts for around 75% of all general cargo (20.1 Mt), so Brexit issues remain a major concern.

The 2020 budget includes €3.2M for a new building to accommodate French and British border forces.

Overall tonnage last year increased 3% to 53 Mt, with dry bulks down 9% to 23.5 Mt, mainly due to lower iron ore and coking coal imports for the steel industry – respectively down to 13.5 Mt (- 10%) and 5.3 Mt (- 19%), and also lower demand for thermal coal. Grain traffic increased 43% to 2 Mt and other dry bulks were off 9% to 2.9 Mt. Liquid bulk came to 9.4 Mt (+ 71%).


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