Four Baltic Sea ports agree on common on-shore power supply standard

Ferries docked at the Port of Tallinn. (Siim Lõvi/ERR)
9/9/2016 1:58 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

The ports of Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm and Turku have signed a memorandum of understanding on a common approach to on-shore power supply for vessels.

"The passenger ferry quays in Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Turku are located close to the city centers," Ellen Kaasik, head of the Port of Tallinn's Department of Quality and Environmental Management stated in a press release. "The combination of noise, vibration and other ship emissions (CO2, NOx, PM) can have a negative effect on existing and future living and working areas. The four ports see that one option for reducing or even eliminating all of these negative effects is to connect ferries to the on-shore electricity grid while berthed."

With the memorandom, the Port of Tallinn, Port of Helsinki, Ports of Stockholm and Port of Turku wish to set a common approach to as well as inform shipowners about the principles and standards governing electricity coonnections for ships in the future. The ports agreed to provide new connections with a voltage of 11 kilovolts and a frequency of 50 hertz.

The ports likewise encouraged other ports and shipping companies to follow their initiative and recommendations concerning onshre power supply standards.

The memorandum was signed in Helsinki during a conference session of the Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) entitled "Baltic Sea as a model region for clean ports and shipping" and directly connected to the subject of the memorandum.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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