Important investments for reducing emissions

Sea ports in Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn are all investing in the establishment of onshore power electricity connections with the goal of reducing emissions of air pollutants from ferries at the quayside. There are approximately 12 million passengers who travel by ferry between the three Baltic Sea ports annually.

The estimated reduction is more than 18,000t of CO₂ annually.

Mayor  of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr said: “The ferry services between our neighbouring countries function as a bridge across the Baltic Sea. The passenger and goods supply routes are important, and every year 380,000 haulage vehicles or trailers are transported by ferry between the ports in Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn. The onshore power connections at the Värtahamnen Port are part of an important coordinated environmental initiative with other Baltic Sea ports to achieve our environmental goals.”

Ships operating on routes between Stockholm and Helsinki or Stockholm and Tallinn already have access to onshore power near the dock areas.The partners will work together to make it possible for vessels sailing on the Helsinki-Tallinn route to connect to onshore power, reports Ship-technology.com.

CEO of Port of Tallinn Valdo Kalm said: “Considering the improved air quality and reduced noise pollution, onshore power supply is a great project not only for all citizens and visitors of Tallinn but also for the ship operators, who can positively contribute to the development of the city environment through this project.”

 

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