Regal Princess First Cruise Ship to Plug Into Shorepower in Norway
It is only the second functioning shorepower installation for cruise ships in Europe and was made possible by an EU grant. Other Norwegian ports have applied for grants from Enova, a government agency working to improve energy efficiencies and reduce emissions but have been turned down. The agency said it considers cruise ship usage to be seasonal and not cost effective. A 16 MW installation for cruise ships, like in Kristiansand, is also much more expensive than smaller installations for ferries, fishing, coastal and offshore vessels. So far Enova has awarded nearly half a billion NOK, financing up to 75 percent of the installation cost for shorepower in Norwegian ports, but not for cruise.
- Cruise Industry News –