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Sea, sky, planet
Blue is the new Green
stands for the compatibility of
sustainability and performance

200,000 kWh of solar energy are produced by our photovoltaic systems in Ostuferhafen alone which we utilise to meet our own energy consumption needs. Any excess energy produced is fed into the municipal grid. PORT OF KIEL acting as energy provider.
10 out of our 50 forklift trucks run on electricity. 15 % of our car fleet are e-cars to date which are used as company pool vehicles. We want to expand our electromobiity further in future. To this end, also more and more handling vehicles are supposed to be substituted by electrically driven ones. So all is progressing nicely.
In 2019, the first on-shore power supply plant for the ferries of Color Line was connected to the grid. It allows switching off the vessels‘ generators during their time in port. In the meantime Schwedenkai, Stena Line, and Ostseekai, cruise ships followed. Shore power connections in the Ostuferhafen are being planned. (Engines off!)
In June 2017, the most modern vessel waste-water treatment plant on the German coast was taken into operation at Kiel‘s Ostseekai Terminal contributing significantly to the protection of the seas. (All clear!)
We are committed to sustained transport methods in the port‘s hinterland traffic and its logistics chain. With the expansion of the intermodal traffic, about 30,000 trailers and containers could be shifted from the road to the more eco-friendly rail transport last year alone.
We limit our business flights to the necessary minimum. For the business flights we do, we voluntarily pay climate protection contributions to the „atmosfair“ organisation. These donations are used to further develop renewable energy technology. More information: www.atmosfair.de

The Baltic Sea.
Kiel is a port on the Baltic Sea, which due to its character is a very sensitive navigated and protected area. The regulations regarding vessel emissions, waste and waste-water disposal, oil tanker equipment, the usage of marine coatings and the discharge of ballast water are much more stringent here than in most other navigated areas in the world. The Baltic Sea is one of the cleanest navigated areas whatsoever – together with the coasts of the USA – not least because of its designation as an Emission Control Area (ECA). Shipping companies are investing in new technologies to make their vessels even more efficient and to reduce emissions on a sustained basis. We believe that the worldwide implementation of the 0.5 per cent threshold value for sulphur in vessel emissions as of 2020 is the right way towards a cleaner environment.

Over 90 percent of world trade, almost 95 percent of the European Union’s foreign trade and nearly 70 percent of the German im- and export are realized by seatrade. Maritime transport does not only provide the most powerful means of transport in international exchange of goods, but also the most efficient one with respect to transport-related energy consumption and subsequent pollution.

However, there is still room for improvement. We want to do our bit and become one of the flagship ports on the Baltic Sea. The port is continuing to grow. And this is advantageous in ecological terms as the shipping industry is the transport mode with the lowest emission of greenhouse gases, measured by the transport performance in ton kilometres.

We want to become one of the most environmental friendly ports of Europe.