Hamburg, 8 May 2020

MS EUROPA 2 Using Cold Ironing in Hamburg at the Cruise Center Altona

  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises makes use of berth time in Altona, successfully completing the test phase of cold ironing
  • Certification by the classification society DNV GL is the target
  • Whole fleet running on marine gas oil with a sulphur content of 0.1% (low-sulphur marine gas oil), thus exceeding the legal requirements

The EUROPA 2 is now using cold ironing at the Cruise Center Altona in Hamburg, Germany. The process provides shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off. In this test phase, the undisrupted use and compatibility had been comprehensively tested and prepared when the EUROPA 2 was moored in its berth in Altona. This down time – due to the current travel restrictions – offered the opportunity to successfully complete the test phase. All newly built ships in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet are equipped for the use of cold ironing. Another important component of the environmental strategy, is the extension of the use of low-pollutant marine gas oil, with a sulphur content of 0.1% to the entire fleet.

The small luxury ship the EUROPA 2, with a capacity of 500 guests, requires only 2.2 MW (megawatt) of power per hour during port time and is able to reduce its emissions to almost zero. The electricity used is being supplied by “Hamburg Energie” and comes from 100% renewable resources, which means that the operation of the EUROPA 2 in the port is practically climate-neutral.

The EUROPA 2 was the first cruise ship in the world to be fitted with SCR catalytic converters. The catalytic converters reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%. It is also the first cruise ship to have EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) certification, and its CO2 emissions are 31% below the target value. The other new ships in our expedition fleet are continuing this strategy. and are also equipped with these catalytic converters.

“With our years of expertise in the luxury and expedition segment we set the highest standards in the industry with our ships, and are committed to adhering to strict environmental protection standards. We have already made significant progress in this field and never stop working to improve it further,” says Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. He continues: “We use marine gas oil with a low 0.1% sulphur content in the whole fleet, all over the world, thereby going beyond the legal requirements. Successful use of cold ironing is another important part of our environmental strategy.”

By transitioning to the low-pollutant fuel voluntarily, the sulphur emissions of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet will be cut by 80%. The switch to marine gas oil also means a reduction in soot and particulates of up to 30%. In addition to this, all routes are carefully planned with an eco-efficient average speed, not pushing vessels to go as fast as possible reduces consumption by 30% and thus also lowers the emissions.

An overview of all the environmental measures and environmental technologies on board the ships in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet is available in our 40-page environmental brochure. It can be accessed in electronic form on the company website at

About Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

In the German-speaking area, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is known to be the leading cruise brand in the luxury and expedition sector. Small, individual, and outstanding in their class: the fleet includes the world's best luxury ships. the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2, which are the only ships to be awarded the top rating of 5-star plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide, as well as the HANSEATIC nature and the HANSEATIC inspiration, the first two of the new expedition class which consists of three ships. The new HANSEATIC spirit completed the fleet, when she joined in summer 2021, and continues the modernization process of the expedition fleet. The adventure trips on the luxurious ALBERT BALLIN private jet, a particularly exclusive type of travel, complements the portfolio.