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Celebration as Tallinn's new eco-friendly cruise terminal readies for 2021 opening

Employees at the Port of Tallinn, the City’s local government officials and construction contractors gathered to celebrate the design of a new eco-friendly cruise terminal opening in July next year at the Port of Tallinn.

It will follow the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG) to merge the needs of the cruise industry with those of local communities.

Environment

‘Both the interior and exterior design will be environmentally friendly: the building will be heated by sea power and will draw energy from solar panels,’ says Ingrid Berezin, business manager of cruise and ferry, Port of Tallinn. 

‘LED lighting, a temperature-controlled ventilation system and a natural smoke and heat extraction system will be installed. 

‘The terminal will use energy-efficient, environmentally cleaner and sustainable solutions suitable for the Nordic climate, which will allow the building to be used outside the cruise season for holding events, concerts and conferences,’ Berezin added.  

Shorex and local economy

The Port is collaborating with the City of Tallinn in organising the ‘Attractive walkway between the port and the city’ project, which encourages shorex companies to replace the use of buses with an increased number of walking tours. It also aims to motivate cruise tourists to visit attractions other than the Old Town.

‘Part of sustainable business is caring for the needs of our visitors as well as local residents,’ says Sirle Arro, head of marketing and communications, Port of Tallinn and council member of Cruise Europe. ‘With the new attractive terminal, we will also open up Tallinn’s seafront to the residents of the city: on the roof of the terminal, there will be a promenade open to everyone and during the off-season, the building can be used for various events or entertainment.

She continued, ‘Business, investment and development plans are equally linked to the well-being of our surrounding communities and society in general.’

TWIN PORT 4

The ports of Tallinn and Helsinki will receive up to EUR 10 million from the European Union Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to support the TWIN PORT 4 project 2020-2023. The Project will establish infrastructure of the Tallinn-Helsinki twin city maritime connection, as well as support Muuga-Vuosaari vessel traffic. 

‘Vessel connection between Finland and Estonia is one of the busiest… Even today, in the post-crisis period, there are a record number of visits between the two neighbouring countries, says Valdo Kalm, chairman of the management board of Port of Tallinn. ‘In the Tallinn Old City Harbour, we are developing an infrastructure for servicing passengers and vehicles and are creating a high-quality public space connected to the local community.

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