The port authorities of Helsinki and Tallin, together with Tallink Grupp, have submitted applications for funding to the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The current application is a follow-up of the TWIN-PORT project, which will serve the development of the Helsinki-Tallin port infrastructure to provide greater pax and cargo handling capacity.
Altogether, the core TEN-T ports of Helsinki and Tallinn are investing €100 million into this development.
Ain Kaljurand, CEO of Port of Tallinn
"The investments in our ports will greatly improve both ports' capacity to serve the maritime link between Helsinki and Tallinn. Infrastructure improvements within the ports and the connecting city areas will serve also both cities well.”
Kimmo Mäki, CEO of Port of Helsinki
"Tallink's contribution in the project is essential containing the development of a new environmentally friendly LNG vessel with efficiency related solutions targeting the route to become a truly Green Shipping Line. We hope the EU-commission will support our efforts."
Janek Stalmeister, CEO of the Tallink Grupp
"It is crucial that the ports continue the joint effort to develop the Helsinki-Tallinn connection. We are glad that Tallink can be part of this and contribute with the latest technology, energy efficiency and environmental innovation.”
The application is being now evaluated and the European Commission is expected to give notice later this year.
Source: Baltic Ports Organization.
Edited from source by Katie Woodward
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