Photo: Port of Helsinki
A total of €10m has been granted to the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn within the TWIN-PORT IV project, while €3.3m has been allocated for the Hansalink II initiative carried out together with Lübeck, plus €900k for fitting the Hernesaari harbour with onshore power supply (OPS).
The Port of Helsinki is planning to invest €11.3m, out of which €3.4m will come from the EU, as part of the latest edition of the TWIN-PORT project. This time money will be used for improving the port's OPS systems, automating ship mooring, and improving ramp arrangements in Vuosaari to better serve traffic with Tallinn's Muuga.
Similarly, OPS and docking automation will be the primary focus of Hansalink II; a total of €2.3m will be invested in Vuosaari, including €700k from the EU.
In total, it'll cost €4.2m to equip Hernesaari with OPS.
"We are extremely pleased with the funding we have received. This shows that our development projects run in parallel with the EU's environmental and efficiency view on mobility and transport," Pekka Meronen, Vice President Finance, ICT and Development, the Port of Helsinki, commented.
Meanwhile, the Port of Tallinn is investing €22m in upgrading its infrastructure and services within the TWIN-PORT scheme, including putting in place a double ramp in Muuga (to divert some of the heavy-duty traffic from Tallinn's city centre) and reconstructing the Tallinn Old City Harbour's Terminal D (to lessen truck congestion and smoothen passenger flow).