DP World provides logistics services as well as its energy expertise
• Today, globally, only 2% of ports have at least one shore-side electrification facility.
• DP World provides logistics services as well as its energy expertise, contributing to meeting the needs of consumers.
DP World Limassol, in collaboration with the government and maritime sector bodies in Cyprus, is promoting the reduction of gas emissions in the port of Limassol and the installation of a power station for ships docked at the port, responding to the European Union's goal of becoming the first “climate neutral” continent in the world, by 2050.
The development of infrastructure for the supply of electricity to the Cypriot ports until 2030 was at the center of the conference organized by the Blue Economy Innovation Center of the Municipality of Limassol, on Monday, September 18, 2023. The conference was honored with the presence of high-ranking officials, such as Minister of Energy, George Papanastasiou, the Mayor of Limassol, Nikos Nicolaidis, representatives of the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority, representatives of the shipping industry as well as academics.
The discussion centered around the development of coastal power stations in the country's ports, in line with the EU Regulation on the development of adequate alternative fuel infrastructure (AFIR), which is part of the “Fit for 55” package of legislative measures and is expected to come into force on 1 January 2030.
The new regulation sets mandatory targets in relation to the shore-based supply of electricity to seaports, stipulating, among other things, that container ships and passenger ships that remain beyond of two hours in major EU ports should be connected to the electricity system, unless they use other zero-emission technology.
It is noted that DP World Limassol's services include passenger ferry services (Ro-Ro), storage services, marine services and multi-purpose vessel services. Additionally, the company offers support services to energy companies operating in the Eastern Mediterranean, providing new products and services to meet their needs.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Conference, DP World Limassol CEO Mr. Simon Pitout said: “As a global organization with experience in the operation of onshore power stations for docked ships, we are able to offer our expertise as well as invest in coastal electricity supply infrastructures, covering the needs of ships docked at the port of Limassol. As this project requires multi-stakeholder collaboration, we are committed to developing a closer partnership with the government to ensure full compliance with the EU regulatory framework while meeting consumer needs.
“At DP World we have made a commitment to zero carbon dioxide emissions, while we have adopted a clear strategy for zero emissions by 2050, in all regions where we operate”, he added.
Finally, it is worth noting that the Company implements specific actions to reduce emissions in the port of Limassol, such as promoting a project for the installation of solar panels with a power of 2.5MW inside the terminal. At the same time, the company is developing infrastructure for the installation of a land-based station for the electrification of docked marine service vessels.
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