Baltic Sea ports and Swedish ports in the development of onshore power supply (OPS)

28 June 2024

Ports of Stockholm, together with eight Baltic Sea ports, will apply for a grant from the European Union to build onshore power supply (OPS) infrastructure for cruise ships, ferries and other vessels. The EU Connecting Europe Facility’s Baltic Ports for Climate grant will fund pilot studied aimed at establishing optimal strategies for developing shore-side energy infrastructure in the ports of Aarhus (Denmark), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Helsinki (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia), Gdynia (Poland), Hamburg (Germany), and Ventspils (Latvia) and Riga (Latvia). Ports of Stockholm will take on the role of project coordinator and will manage the communication between the ports and the European Union (EU). Besides, it will be in charge of conducting pilot studies concerning the extension of shore-side electrical connections for cruise ships in the ports of Värtahamnen and Frihamnen and for ferries at Stadsgården docks.

In this line, the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn have established an agreement to establish a green corridor between Finland and Estonia, aiming to reduce emissions from the two million vehicles crossing the Gulf of Finland annually. This initiative involves collaboration between the ports, companies such as Rederi AB Eckerö, Tallink Grupp, and Viking Line, as well as Estonia’s Ministry of Climate and Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. The agreement highlights the concept of a green corridor to underscore efforts in combating climate change.

Baltic Sea and Swedish ports have the collective goal to accelerate the development of onshore power connections for ships berthed in the region. This initiative is driven by the desire to improve the ports' ability to more effectively meet their own and the EU's environmental objectives.

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