From 1st July, Tallink Grupp’s vessels ‘Silja Europa’ (pictured) and ‘Baltic Queen’ switched to using shore power at the Port of Tallinn’s Old City Harbour when berthed.
It is estimated that the total CO2 emissions from one Tallink’s vessels switched to shore power during port stay will be subsequently reduced by 100 tonnes per each month. At the Port of Tallinn Old City Harbour, the shore power capacity can currently accommodate three Tallink ships.
From 2017 to date, Tallink has invested €3 mill in on board shore power systems installed on the company’s five passenger ferries. Over the coming years, together with the ports’ growing shore power capacity, the company plans to equip 12 vessels with shore power systems, amounting to a €6 mill euro investment.
Capt Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Tallink Grupp’s Head of Ship Management, commented: “Today, our vessels can connect to shore power already in three of our home ports around the Baltic Sea who are contributing to creating a cleaner urban environment – Tallinn, Stockholm and Port of Helsinki South Harbour. In Stockholm, our vessels are plugged in already since the summer of 2018.
“Our fleet’s continuous upgrade programme sets, as one of the long-term priorities, to equip all our passenger ferries with shore power systems. Now we can connect already three of our vessels for a greener stay in Port of Tallinn simultaneously,“ he said.
Last year, the Port of Tallinn installed shore power systems on five of its piers in the Old City Harbour, a total investment of €3.5 mill, enabling the vessels to reduce emissions and noise pollution emitted from ships’ engines, and cut the ships‘ fuel consumption by using shore power during port stays.
Taavi Tilk, Head of Energy Department, Port of Tallinn, added: “Tallinn Old City Harbour is one of the busiest ports in Europe, therefore switching to renewable energy and creating shore power capacity for the Port of Tallinn is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of ship traffic on the environment, towards a cleaner Baltic Sea and urban space. Residents and visitors of Tallinn alike can now enjoy cleaner city air and the noise from the ships’ engines is greatly reduced”.
After mooring in Tallinn Old City Harbour, the vessels’ on board diesel generators will be switched off and the vessels are connected to the shore power supply network. The ships’ energy load is then transferred to the port’s onshore power supply seamlessly, without interfering with any of the services provided on board.
Shore power is available at the Port of Tallinn Old City Harbour for Tallink vessels operating on the Tallinn/Stockholm and Tallinn/Helsinki routes.
The shore power solution was built by AS Elero. Scaleup (Shore-Link) engineers developed solutions for shore-based systems plus the remote-controlled crane required for power connection and were also responsible for creating the integral solution.
Equipment and automation was supplied by ABB Power Grids Estonia. ABB engineers also helped to develop ship navigation systems to make Tallink’s ships’ shore power capable.
Tallinn’s shore power project was co-financed by the European Union through the TWIN-PORT III initiative.