Stockholm - At the Värtahamnen Port, in Stockholm, are the most modern, and in wattage-terms the largest, in the Baltic Sea area have come into operation.
Together with Tallink Silja, Ports of Stockholm has invested in a range of sustainable solutions at the Värta terminal to enable more eco-friendly services, and now it is possible for vessels to connect to onshore power at every quay-berth. A total of SEK 47 million has been invested at the Värtahamnen Port and the power facilities have been built according to international common standards and are also high voltage.
Onshore power supply at the quayside provide a way to reduce vessel emissions of air pollutants, resulting in greener shipping. The inauguration of the new onshore power facilities at the Värtahamnen Port took place on Monday 4 November.
The facilities are the most modern, and when it comes to wattage the largest, in the Baltic Sea area. The new pier and terminal at the Värtahamnen Port opened three years ago. “The Värtahamnen Port is one of Stockholm’s gateways to the surrounding world, and we need to create a welcoming district where the growth of the city and the port are integrally linked. I am delighted that vessels can now connect to onshore power at the Värtahamnen Port.
This provides the prerequisites for greener shipping and a more attractive port, free from unnecessary emissions,” says Joakim Larsson (M), Vice Mayor for City Planning. For many years Ports of Stockholm has offered environmental rebates to encourage customers to implement environmentally beneficial measures. The environmental rebates focus on reduced emission of air pollutants and provide rewards for vessels that have better environmental performance. In addition, a grant of SEK 1 million per vessel is offered to shipping companies that choose to invest in converting their vessels for onshore power connection. Onshore power supply at the quayside reduces the impact of the vessel on the surrounding environment by enabling the auxiliary engines to be shut down. This reduces both noise and air pollutant emissions.
“It is really pleasing that Tallink Silja can now directly connect to onshore power, from the quayside to the vessel, at the Värtahamnen Port. We believe that taking away the need to run the engines when in port to supply power to the vessel is a major step towards improved sustainability and well-being. The shore power connections not only allow us to reduce emissions and noise levels when in port, but also mean a much better working environment in the engine room, where it is now completely silent during the day,” states Marcus Risberg, Chief Executive Officer, Tallink Silja Sweden.