Stahlbau Nord GmbH has received the first funding notification within the scope of the new funding programme for the market activation of alternative technologies for environmentally friendly supply of on-board and mobile shore power for sea-going and inland vessels (BordstromTech).

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) is providing funding of around 1.6 million euros for the procurement of a mobile containerised shore power system in Bremerhaven.

The mobile shore power system will primarily be used to supply power to ships that are moored at the Labrador Pier in Bremerhaven’s Fischereihafen II while they are being fitted out and brought into service by Stahlbau Nord GmbH. This means that the ships’ own diesel engines for on-board power production can remain completely idle. The system includes two container modules that can supply one or two ships either individually or coupled in parallel, depending on the power demand. The electricity can be provided in frequencies of 50 or 60 Hz. Consequently, a flexible supply of shore power to almost all types of ships docked at the Labrador Pier is made possible. The system will utilise green electricity from the grid and thus supply the ships completely emission-free. Due to the containerised design of the system, it can also be flexibly loaded by floating crane to other locations in the immediate vicinity of the port, if required, in order to supply ships with shore power.

The BordstromTech funding programme awards investment grants for the upgrading of seagoing and inland vessels for the use of shore power, for the generation of shore power from alternative energy sources or for the procurement of mobile shore power systems in seaports and inland ports. The funding is available to both private and public sector recipients in the shipping and port industry sectors. Applications can be submitted until 30 September 2022.

Further information on the funding programme and how to apply (in German) can be found at: