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Ports of Stockholm aiming towards shore power expansion at Värtahamnen and Frihamnen

Plans are for the project to start in July 2023 and run until July 2025; the application will be submitted to the EU midmonth
Ports of Stockholm aims to secure European Union funding to conduct pilot studies on expanding shore power connections for cruise ships at Värtahamnen and Frihamnen.

The project would be an offshoot of wider plans to enhance greener shipping - part of a joint application with eight other Baltic Sea ports for a grant from the EU Connecting Europe Facility to improve ports' electrical supply infrastructure. A further aim of the project titled ‘Baltic Ports for Climate’ is to improve the exchange of information on shore power, including best practice, among Baltic Sea ports. 

In early January, the Swedish government approved Ports of Stockholm’s request to submit the application. It will be sent to the EU in mid-January with the intention of plans getting underway in July and running until July 2025. 

Leading the project

Ports of Stockholm will be the project coordinator, tasked with overall responsibility and communication with the EU. 

‘Together with the other Baltic Sea ports, we want to speed up and assure a more rapid development of onshore power connections for vessels at the quayside in the Baltic Sea region,’ Ports of Stockholm Chair Clara Lindblom said.

‘This will result in greater ability to meet our own and EU environmental goals.’

New shore power facilities are currently being built at Port of Kapellskär and at Stadsgården quay berths 167 and 160.

Ports involved

The idea to apply for the funding came from the Baltic Ports Organisation. Also involved are the ports of Aarhus, Klaipeda, Ventspils, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn, Gdynia and Hamburg.

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