Port of Kiel Opens Waste-water Reception Facility
A modern ship waste-water reception facility went into operation at Kiel’s Ostseekai on June 14.
During an inauguration ceremony the new plant’s valves were symbolically opened by Kiel’s Lord Mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Construction chief Doris Grondke, the head of the Water Management and Marine and Coastal Protection Department in the Schleswig-Holstein Environment Ministry Dietmar Wienholdt, Port chief Dr. Dirk Claus and Captain Kjell Holm of TUI Cruises.
The new facility, which cost well over €1.8 million, serves as a model and increases current waste-water reception capability tenfold to as much as 300 m³ an hour.
Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel, said, “We are investing in a cleaner Baltic. This capacity increase is Kiel’s contribution to marine protection and meets regulatory demands which are not even due to take effect until 2021.”
The first ships to take advantage of the new waste-water reception facility were Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 6 which called on June 14. All the countries on the Baltic have agreed that from the year 2021 all cruise ships – indeed new ships from as early as 2019 - must dispose of all their waste-water in port and can only do so on board ship when regulatory standards are adhered to.
“We carried out intensive tests last year with the firm of Unitechnics to determine the best processing method,” said Claus, “and we have as a result created new standards.”
The compressed air connections are fully sealed while filters and adsorbers eliminate hydrogen sulphides in the facility itself. Cleaned exhaust air is discharged through a chimney. The treated ship waste-water is finally pumped into compressed air pipes newly laid below the Prinzengarten and Jensendamm and leading to the municipal delivery point. From there it is fed to the city sewage works in Bülk and cleaned.
The Port of Kiel said it expects that nearly all the cruise ships that berth at the Ostseekai Terminal will in future discharge their waste-water there.
“With the new facility we are taking on a pioneering role,” Claus said. “There is hardly any other port that can as yet handle such large volumes of waste-water from ships.”