Tallinn-Helsinki sea connection in €29 million EU boost
The Port of Tallinn, the Port of Helsinki and Tallink will receive 29 million euros from the EU to develop the nautical connection between the two capitals in a project named Twin-Port II.
The Port of Helsinki is the biggest winner, with 19 million EU-euros going towards development of port infrastructure, including a new terminal and better connections with the city center. The total cost of that project will be 64 million euros.
The state-owned Port of Tallinn will receive slightly over 5 million to expand the D terminal, improve traffic in front of terminal A and better connect the two terminals. A sewage system to collect waste from ships will also be developed. The total cost is close to 18 million euros.
Tallink will receive nearly 5 million euros towards a LNG-powered ship, which is expected to cost 230 million euros and will begin on the route in 2017.
The Tallinn-Helsinki route is one of the world's busiest passenger sea lanes with around eight million passengers and three million tons of cargo traveling on the line.