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All ferries between Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn will soon connect to onshore power

In a collaboration to agree standards and solutions, the three Baltic Sea ports in Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn have invested simultaneously in onshore power connections at each of the ports. Now the final part of the puzzle is in place to make it possible for the ferries operating on the Helsinki - Tallinn route to connect to onshore power. All of the ferries operating on other routes between the ports, Stockholm – Helsinki and Stockholm – Tallinn, already connect to onshore power at the quayside.

Investment in onshore power connection is an important element in achieving the ambitious sustainability goals that the ports and cities have agreed on. This contributes significantly to reducing emission of greenhouse gasses and air pollutant emissions by the ferries when they are at the quayside. Some of the ferries have been connected to onshore power at the quays for a number of years.

The reduction of greenhouse gases as a result of the ferries operating between the three ports connecting to onshore power is estimated to be more than 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

–  One of the most important strategic goals for the Port of Helsinki is to be a role model for sustainable development. Reduction of emissions requires concrete actions. These investments in onshore power are proof of our determination to achieve our goals, says Ville Haapasaari, CEO at Port of Helsinki Ltd.

The ferries function as a bridge between the neighbouring countries and are hugely important for the supply of goods and transport of passengers. Under normal circumstances (times of non-pandemic) there are 200 cargo-loaded ferry sailings a week in total between the three ports. Each year approximately 4,500,000 tonnes of freight, or 380,000 haulage vehicles/trailers and 12 million passengers travel by ferry between the three capital cities.

For many years all of the ferries have offloaded sewage and recycled waste sorted-at-source in the respective ports. All of the ports work actively with environmental goals and various types of improvement initiatives.

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