First ships connect to Stockholm shore power

shoreside power The shoreside power facility aims to minimise the environmental impact from ships within the Baltic Sea region. Picture: Tallink Grupp

Two Tallink Grupp ships have become the first vessels to be supplied with electricity by the new shore power facility at the Port of Stockholm to reduce the air pollution they generate.

Silja Symphony and Silja Serenade, sister ships operating on the Helsinki-Stockholm route, have been piloting use of the shore power connection facility since February this year.

Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said: “We are very pleased that an extensive amount of work in close partnership with the Port of Stockholm and the City of Stockholm has resulted in this significant step forward in our effort to reduce the environmental impact of shipping.”

The Port of Stockholm is currently one of the few ports in the Baltic Sea region to have shore power connection availability for vessels visiting the port. The new facility aims to minimise the environmental impact from ships within the Baltic Sea region.

More work underway

Tallink Grupp’s Tallinn-Stockholm route vessels Baltic Queen and Victoria I have also been fitted with the shore power connection equipment and will start testing the equipment soon. The company’s other vessels visiting the Port of Stockholm will follow suite in 2020 and 2021.

Thomas Andersson, CEO of the Port of Stockholm, added: ”Sustainability issues are crucial for the future of shipping, not least in the heart of Stockholm. We are therefore particularly pleased when Tallink Silja chose to make use of the newly built on shore power supply facility in the new Värtapier and are able to make use of our environmental incentives.

“These are big and difficult issues that no party handles alone, the only way forward is in cooperation towards mutual goals.”

Mr Nõgene added that Tallink Grupp is also working closely with the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn “to implement such systems in these ports in the future as well”.

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