First onshore power supply (OPS) charging station in Poland at the Port of Gdynia
The new Public Ferry Terminal of the Port of Gdynia will open in June 2021. The biggest project of the Port in nearly 50 years, the new modern terminal will allow the possibility to provide OPS to ferries calling at the port. This is a first in Poland and will contribute to making the Port of Gdynia a “green port”. Due to its location close to the city centre, it was important for the Port to positively contribute to improving the air quality for the inhabitants of Gdynia. By powering ships using OPS, no exhaust fumes are released in the air. Ten hours of power use in a port by a large cruise ship allows to save 22 tons of CO2. In terms of noise pollution, the noise and vibration from the ship are considerably reduced as well, as the engines can be turned off during charging. This strategic investment, which was co-funded by the EU, should pave the way for the implementation of OPS installations in other Polish ports.