The Swedish Port of Kapellskär and the Finnish Port of Naantali have been granted European Union funding to reduce air pollutant emissions from shipping.
The project includes investments in facilities for the provision of onshore power for vessels at the quayside. This cold ironing project has also been awarded funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Commenting, Bino Drummond, Deputy Chairman of Port of Kapellskär, said: ‘We are very happy that the agreement with the EU has now been signed. The development of Port of Kapellskär is strategically significant for sustainable shipping.
‘More goods arriving by sea, using routes such as Naantali to Kapellskär, ensures long-term sustainable development and growth of the entire Stockholm region. Further development of Port of Kapellskär is therefore something we welcome and prioritise highly.’
As well as shore power provision, an auto-mooring capability will be installed which is expected to make operations at the quayside safer, more efficient and more competitive, as loading and unloading times will be reduced. A new passenger tower will also be built, to make embarkation and disembarkation easier for foot passengers.
The project will start in the coming weeks and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.