Thanks to the grant, the Swedish and Finnish ports, between which an EU Motorway of the Sea (MoS) runs, will carry out a joint project tasked with reducing ship-caused emissions as well as streamlining ferry operations.
Specifically, the two will invest in onshore power supply, automated mooring, and infrastructure to make it easier for foot passenger to em- and disembark a ferry.
The project will have been completed by end-2023.
"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 prioritize highly," Bino Drummond, Deputy Chairman, the Port of Kapellskär, highlighted.
Peter Lundman, the port's Technical Operations Manager, also said, "Increasing traffic volumes at the Port of Kapellskär, in combination with the environmental challenges faced by society mean that the benefits of the joint EU project with the Port of Naantali will be both effective and sustainable. I believe that the capabilities to provide onshore power to the vessels, an automatic mooring system, and a new passenger tower are excellent competitive solutions for the future."
Photo: Ports of Stockholm