Tallink Grupp’s ropax ‘Victoria I’ became the first ship to connect up to shore power in Tallinn when she berthed at the Old City Harbour on 11th September.
Shore power can now be used by vessels operating the Estonian/Swedish as well as Estonian/Finnish routes.
The Port of Tallinn installed ABB’s shore power systems on five of its piers in the Old City Harbour for a total investment of €3.5 mill.
To date, Tallink Grupp has invested €3 mill in shore power systems for five cruise ferries. In the future, the company plans to equip 12 ships with shore power systems, costing $6 mill in total.
“Innovative use of shore power at Tallinn sea gate contributes to reducing emissions into the atmosphere and thus also to combating global warming. The transition to shore power is the only possible way – both air pollution and noise will decrease, meaning the city will become even more cleaner and quieter,” Mihhail Kõlvart, Tallinn’s Mayor, commented.
“The Port of Tallinn is firmly on its way to being the greenest port in Europe and this step supports the pursuit of City of Tallinn for the title of the European Green Capital in 2022,” he added.
“Clean Baltic Sea and clean air are the priorities of sustainable development of the Port of Tallinn. Tallinn Old City Harbour is one of the busiest ports in Europe and the creation of shore power capacity is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of ship traffic on urban space,” Valdo Kalm, chairman of the management board of the Port of Tallinn, said.
“Considering the improving air quality and decreasing noise, this is positive news for all citizens and visitors of Tallinn, as well as for ship operators who can contribute to ensuring cleaner and higher quality living environment with us,” he continued.
After berthing, the ship’s engines will be switched off and the vessel will be connected to the shore power supply. The ship’s energy load will be transferred to the shore-side power supply without interfering with the services provided on board.
“I am glad that as of today our ships can use shore power already in two of our Baltic Sea home ports and we have jointly created the green bridge of shore power between Tallinn and Stockholm, where our ships have been using this solution for almost a year now,” Paavo Nõgene, Tallink Grupp CEO, said.