Over 150 specialists, investors and port representatives met on 25 September at an international LNG seminar to discuss the development of LNG infrastructure in the Baltic Sea ports.
The seminar, which took place in Muuga Harbour, Estonia, was organised by the Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) and Port of Tallinn. The keynote speech was delivered by the Vice President of the European Commission, Siim Kallas.
The main topics of the seminar included the impact of new LNG terminals in Estonia and Finland on the distribution of LNG in the region, and the possibility of developing a small scale LNG bunkering network in the Baltic Sea region.
According to Ain Kaljurand, Chairman of the Management Board of Port of Tallinn, ensuring the transition from traditionally fuelled engines to LNG can be achieved through guaranteeing ship owners and operators the chance to switch vessels between ports in the region, without losing access to LNG bunkers.
Kaljurand added: “It is Port of Tallinn’s aim to ensure the availability of the necessary infrastructure in our harbours after the environmental norms toughen, in order to guarantee the smooth and sustainable movement of cargo and passenger ships.”
BPO Secretary General, Bogdan Oldakowski, commented: “Thanks to BPO’s initiative seven Baltic Sea ports have [already] joined the LNG Baltic Sea program. These include Aarhus, Copenhagen-Malmö, Helsingborg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Turku ports and the Port of Tallinn.
“This means that Baltic Sea ports are establishing an extensive network of ports with planned facilities for LNG bunkering in the region. This on its own will be a significant achievement in meeting the future clean shipping strategy in the Baltic Sea region and in EU.”
Seminar speakers included:
- Ando Leppiman, Deputy Secretary General for Energy, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
- Bogdan Oldakowski, Secretary General of BPO
- Maria Hääl, analyst at Alexela Energy
- Ain Kaljurand, Chairman of the Management Board of Port of Tallinn.
LNG in Baltic Sea Ports is a ‘Motorways of the Sea’ project co-financed by the EU TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme. The initiative aims to foster a harmonised approach towards LNG bunker fuelling infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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