During the 2021 cruise season, the Port of Tallinn will unveil a new cruise terminal.
It is claimed to be the most modern and multi-functional terminal in the region, built to reduce a negative impact on the environment.
According to Valdo Kalm, Port of Tallinn’s Chairman of the Management Board, cruise tourism is rapidly recovering after the easing of restrictions related to Covid-19. As a result, the port has made thorough preparations to make it safe and comfortable for everyone to visit the city.
“In addition, we are helping cruise operators to provide an environmentally conscious service to passengers and to make visiting Tallinn as smooth as possible,” he said.
Numerous steps were taken during the construction to ensure its environmental sustainability. Energy requirements come from solar panels tailored to suit the Nordic climate, and the facility will be heated by sea power using a heat pump.
These additions allow the facility to operate outside the cruise season – hosting events, concerts, and conferences.
In addition to improving sustainability, a new promenade was opened, connecting cruise guests from the terminal to the ‘culture kilometre’– a direct walkway between the port area and numerous new leisure areas.
This development allows tourists to explore both the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Old Town and also reach fresh food and drink outlets along the seafront in a more accessible manner.
Visitors have access to three new main attractions. First, the Patarei Sea Fortress, a large historical fortification now hosting bars, food trucks, and open air events. Second, the Seaplane Harbour, a three-level naval museum housed in an 8,000 sq m hangar featuring historical ships and submarines, and third, Noblessner, a seaside cultural area featuring high-end restaurants, museums, and numerous bars.
Port of Tallinn, which handles more than 10 mill passengers each year, said that it aimed to lead the way to the sustainable terminals of tomorrow and was consistently improving its business and development activities to lessen the negative effect of port activities on the environment.
For the 2021 cruise season, Port of Tallinn has put together the ‘Sustainable and Safe Port’ promise, which can be found on its website.