Four Baltic Sea ports, namely the Port of Tallinn, the Port of Helsinki, the Ports of Stockholm and the Port of Turku, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to establish a common approach for providing a new onshore power supply for vessels.

Under the deal, all the four ports will provide new built connections with a voltage of 11kV and a frequency of 50Hz.

The involved partners will equally encourage other ports and shipping companies to follow the initiative and recommendations concerning onshore power supply standards.

"The four ports will provide new built connections with a voltage of 11kV and a frequency of 50Hz."

Additionally, the ports will continue to work to reduce the negative impacts on the environment of port operations and shipping in the Baltic Sea region.

After identifying the environmental issues, the European Union (EU) has executed the directive for alternative fuel infrastructure (DAFI, September 2015), which mandates shore connections in TEN-T ports under certain circumstances by 2025.

During the period of 2009-2014, the ports signed collaboration agreements on the development, cooperation and continuation of efforts for creating an improved environment.

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The ports have also agreed to jointly work on electricity connections for vessels.

Last month, Ports of Stockholm announced that it had witnessed an increase in the volumes of both container freight at Frihamnen and RoRo freight at the Ports of Nynäshamn and Kapellskär during the first seven months of this year.

During the period, the port handled a total of 860,000t of freight.

Image: Deal signing ceremony between the representatives of four Baltic Sea ports. Photo: courtesy of Ports of Stockholm.