The shore power solution launched today improves air quality and reduces noise in Old City Harbour and City of Tallinn

TALLINN, 11 September 2020 – Tallink Grupp’s vessel Victoria I will be connected to the network in Tallinn Old City Harbour for the first shore power charging in Estonia today, at 10.00 am (CET+1). Five piers in Tallinn Old City Harbour are now equipped with shore power capacity, total investment amounting to 3.5 million Euros. Shore power can be used by the vessels operating the Estonian-Swedish as well as Estonian-Finnish routes.

The Port of Tallinn installed the latest ABB shore power systems on five of its piers in Old City Harbour which enable the vessels to reduce emissions and noise pollution by using the shore power during port stays and cut ships‘ fuel consumption.

To date, Tallink Grupp has invested 3 million euros in shore power systems for 5 cruise ships. In the coming years, the company plans to equip a total of 12 cruise ships with shore power systems, amounting to 6 million euros in total.

“Innovative use of shore power at Tallinn sea gate contributes to reducing emissions into the atmosphere and thus also to combating global warming. The transition to shore power is the only possible way – both air pollution and noise will decrease, meaning the city will become even more cleaner and quieter. The Port of Tallinn is firmly on its way to being the greenest port in Europe and this step supports the pursuit of City of Tallinn for the title of the European Green Capital in 2022,” the mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart said.

“Clean Baltic Sea and clean air are the priorities of sustainable development of the Port of Tallinn. Tallinn Old City Harbour is one of the busiest ports in Europe and the creation of shore power capacity is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of ship traffic on urban space. Considering the improving air quality and decreasing noise, this is positive news for all citizens and visitors of Tallinn, as well as for ship operators who can contribute to ensuring cleaner and higher quality living environment with us, ” Valdo Kalm, chairman of the management board of the Port of Tallinn, said.

From now on, after mooring, the ship’s engines will be switched off and the vessel will be connected to the shore power supply. The ship’s energy load shall be transferred to the shore-side power supply without interfering with the services provided onboard.

The shore power solution is not only a significant reduction in emissions and noise pollution, but also an important step towards more sustainable operations for shipping companies.

“I am glad that as of today our ships can use shore power already in two of our Baltic Sea home ports and we have jointly created the green bridge of shore power between Tallinn and Stockholm, where our ships have been using this solution for almost a year now. When renewing our entire fleet, we have set as one of the priorities to equip every cruise ship with shore power systems and currently already three of our ships can enjoy a greener stay in the Old City Harbour simultaneously. It is estimated that the CO2 emissions of one of our vessels using green shore power will decrease by 100 tons per month,” Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said.

The technical solution of shore power enables to connect the ship to the terrestrial network at a voltage of 11 kilovolts. To ensure safety, duplicate control mechanisms are in place to ensure that the high voltage is switched off in all emergency situations. The connection of the vessel to the shore network is controlled by the vessel crew with a remote control. The ship’s power system operates without interruption in transition to shore power as well as when switching over to generator power.

“Our nearly twenty years of experience in the field of shore power solutions is at the disposal of the citizens of Tallinn in the form of a complete solution created for the Port of Tallinn and shipping companies. We are pleased to say that our shipping companies think big and are environmentally sustainable. It is an honour to be a part in creating Estonia’s first such solution and to contribute to the development of a greener urban space, ” Jukka Patrikainen, regional manager for ABB Baltics, said.

The shore power solution was built by AS Elero. Scaleup (Shore-Link), whose engineers developed solutions for shore-based systems and a remote-controlled crane required for power connection, took part in creating the integral solution. The equipment and automation of the substation was ensured by the power network unit of ABB AS, i.e. today the already independent company ABB Power Grids Estonia AS. ABB engineers also helped to develop ship navigation system to make Tallink’s ships shore power capable.

The shore power project of the Port of Tallinn was co-financed by the European Union through TWIN-PORT III measure.

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