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Finland: Port of Helsinki introduces shore-side power electricity in the South Harbour area

27 Aug 2021

The Port of Helsinki on Thursday (26 August) said it has completed a new shore power connection for passenger vessels, next to the Olympic Terminal at the South Harbour in Q3 2020.

The official introduction of the system was delayed from the original plan due to travel restrictions. Since the start of the recovery in passenger traffic, the system has been tested and shore-side electricity has been introduced for shipping. 

Shore-side electricity significantly reduces the ship’s climate emissions while in port, by as much as 50-80%. When ships receive electricity from land while at the berth, there is no need to keep the auxiliary machines on to generate electricity. 

“This environmental investment will improve air quality and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and noise in the center of Helsinki. The use of shore-side electricity in the port is an important step for us towards a carbon-neutral port by 2035. We are also about to start several similar shore-side electricity investments in other parts of the port.” says Ville Haapasaari, CEO of the Port of Helsinki.

International standards for technical solutions for shore-side electricity implementation are still partially lacking, and large investments have to be tailored to the needs of each moment. The shore-side electricity investment at the Olympic terminal included e.g. automation design and technology, renovation of the existing substation, quay work and, most importantly, the shore-side electricity system with its installations.

Tallink Silja’s vessels using the Olympic terminal, shore-side electrical connections have already been made in 2018–2019.

The South Harbor shore-side electricity project is part-financed by the EU in the TWIN PORT IV project. In addition, the Port of Helsinki is soon implementing several projects supporting carbon neutrality, supported by funding from the EU’s CEF Transport support program. 


Photo credit: Port of Helsinki
Published: 27 August, 2021

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