TWIN-PORT 3, as the name reflects, is the third CEF project in a row. It is a collaboration project between ferry operators (Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line), the ports of Tallinn and Helsinki and the City of Helsinki.
The project will concentrate on reducing the environmental impact of the increasing Ro-Pax traffic and continues improving the multimodal transport link between Helsinki and Tallinn.
The main objectives are to offer better travel experience for passengers, develop the port’s infrastructure to reduce noise and pollution in port area, and upgrade security systems. In the City of Helsinki several traffic investments are planned in connection with the Helsinki West Harbour to improve the transportation system and thus reduce congestion on the last-mile.
- Port of Tallinn will install auto-mooring and on-shore power supply (OPS) systems to the Old City Harbour of Tallinn. By using the OPS, ferries can use power from the power grid from shore, which allows them to shut down their diesel engines when they are berthing overnight, resulting in quiet operations, without vibration or CO2 exhaust gases and air pollutants, thus reducing noise and emissions in the port area.
- Port of Tallinn will also upgrade its safety systems and continue constructing sewerages to enlarge the sewage receiving service to all the passenger ships quays in the Old City Harbour.
TWIN-PORT 4 is the fourth follow-up project in the series. The purpose of the project is to improve the convenience of the maritime connection between Tallinn and Helsinki by developing the infrastructure of the ports on both shores of the Gulf of Finland. The participants in the project are AS Tallinna Sadam and the Port of Helsinki.
Compared to previous ones, the project includes a new feature: investments in the development of the Muuga-Vuosaari shipping route in order to divert a significant share of the heavy goods vehicles traffic between Estonia and Finland from the city centres of the two capitals to the Muuga and Vuosaari harbours, respectively. One berth in both harbours will be supplied with a second level ramp for more efficient servicing of ro-ro traffic and at Muuga the first level ramp of the same berth will be fully reconstructed. In addition, at Old City Harbour in Tallinn one of the passenger gangways from the terminal to the ferry and the area in front of terminal D along with all underground utility networks will be reconstructed. The Port of Helsinki will supply one berth in its city-centre harbours with onshore power supply systems and one berth with automooring systems. The coordinating partner of the project is also AS Tallinna Sadam.