Norway: Bergen City Council alters cruiseship limits. Voted to change the cruiseship limit

Bergen view in winter (Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway)On June 24, Bergen City Council voted to change the cruiseship limit set in 2018 of three vessels and 8,000 passengers a day to four vessels a day for immediate implementation.

The maximum number of passengers will remain at 8,000 and must be adhered to, regardless of the number of vessels.

It will be mandatory for the fourth vessel to use shore power. At present the port is testing out several ships vis a vis shore power connections, according to Nils Mollerup, marketing manager Bergen Havn who commented: “It will therefore take some time until we, without any challenges, can take in a fourth ship.”

Shore power is available at four piers: Jekteviken, Skolten North, Skolten South and Bontelabo. On these piers three ships can be connected at the same time. Although it is not mandatory for any of the ships on a three-ship day to be connected, the harbour fees are lower for those connecting.

All cruiseships calling at Bergen should be able to connect to shore power. This will be a mandatory requirement for all calls by 2026. In the meantime, Mollerup said: “We have a minimum demand for Tier 1 engines as from 2022, and Tier 2 engines as from 2024”.

In collaboration with the port, efforts are made to ensure that one of the cruiseships is berthed at the Jekteviken quay on days when there are three vessels in port. This vessel must also be able to connect to the shore power facility.

Bergen will introduce zero emissions to air and sea from port and seaward approaches for cruise ships, in line with the regulations for World Heritage fjords. This is being looked at by the government at a national level and Bergen will follow the results of the report once concluded.

The port is presently testing a system for black and grey water at Skolten and Bontelabo piers as part of its environmental management system, for which environmental reporting is required. The plan is for this to be ready for use in the fourth quarter 2022.

(Cruise Europe, Cruise Norway)


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