The Port of Helsinki, Finland and the Port of Tallinn, Estonia, are working together to develop the Helsinki-Tallinn maritime link.
The ports, together with AS Tallink Grupp, recently submitted applications for funding investments within the 2014 CEF Transport Multi-Annual Calls for Proposals. The ports aim to develop an improved infrastructure and green line operation between Helsinki and Tallinn.
The application is supported by both the Finnish and Estonian governments.
The ports have called their project TWIN-PORT. The ports are investing €100 million in port infrastructure in order to achieve additional capacity and improve the flow of the densely operated Helsinki - Tallinn line, which serves 8.2 million passengers and 3.1 million tons of cargo annually.
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 AS 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 Ports of Helsinki and Tallinn are TEN-T core ports situated in the North Sea Baltic Corridor.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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