Haropa Port has awarded a consortium comprising VINCI Energies and VINCI Construction subsidiaries the contract to implement an advanced high-voltage power supply system for cruise ships docking at the Pointe de Floride terminal. This ambitious project encompasses the installation of a turnkey electricity conversion substation seamlessly connected to the public grid, facilitating the efficient power supply to cruise ships’ batteries. Additionally, the initiative involves the adaptive transformation of a technical hangar and associated civil engineering enhancements.
To address the considerable tidal range at the port, one of the widest globally, a custom-designed mobile connection rig will be constructed. This rig is engineered to cover the full length of the berths, ensuring power accessibility for ships of varying sizes. Each berth will be equipped with a power system supporting 11 kV and 6.6 kV power ratings. The initial section, namely the Pierre Callet berth, is slated for completion in spring 2025.
Shore power, also recognized as RENAQ (Raccordement Électrique des Navires À Quai) or OPS (Onshore Power Supply), emerges as an environmentally responsible solution, enabling ships to draw power directly from the local grid, thereby reducing reliance on onboard diesel generators. This sustainable practice is anticipated to become the standard in Europe by 2030, aligning with stringent environmental objectives by significantly curbing pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from maritime vessels.
Haropa Port, housing one of France’s leading and Europe’s largest ports complexes in Le Havre, is committed to an ambitious plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. This colossal wharf power supply system, one of the largest in Europe, not only supports the anticipated growth in tourism and economic development but also plays a pivotal role in realizing environmental commitments, minimizing the ecological impact of port operations.