BALTIC GREEN CORRIDOR TO BE ESTABLISHED

Feb 9, 2024 | Marine environment & clean shipping news

Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the Port of Turku have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a green maritime corridor between Turku and Stockholm.

The goal is for the corridor to be 100% carbon-neutral by 2035. The partnership will serve as an innovative platform for developing scalable solutions for the phase-out of fossil fuels and enable green maritime travel between Turku and Stockholm.

Jan Hanses, President and CEO Viking Line said: “Viking Line is a shipping company with its roots in this sensitive archipelago. For us, the work to protect and preserve the Baltic Sea is in our DNA. We are ambitious pioneers in this industry and are proud to take this step together with Ports of Stockholm and the Port of Turku in order to get closer to providing zero-carbon cruises and transport on this important shipping route between Finland, Åland and Sweden.”

The project and partnership between Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the Port of Turku qualifies as a green maritime corridor under the Clydebank Declaration, as has been confirmed by both Sweden and Finland. This undertaking is well ahead of the schedule set out in the EU’s Fit for 55 climate legislation package.

Clara Lindblom, Chair of the Board of Ports of Stockholm said: “Climate change is happening here and now, so it is more important than ever to take concrete steps for the green transition. We know that more transport needs to be carried out by rail or ship instead of by car and airplane, and green maritime shipping plays a major role in the transport sector’s climate transition.”

Erik Söderholm, MD Port of Turku said: “There has always been a focus on environmental work in all of our operations. The Port of Turku is embedded in a very sensitive archipelago, which gives us the responsibility to always respect our surroundings in our daily work. In 2023, we signed Turku’s Climate City Contract, with the goal being for the city to be carbon-neutral by 2029. That is a goal we are working systematically to achieve, so this memorandum to develop a green transport corridor between Turku and Stockholm is a natural step for us.”

The partnership will take into consideration progress and solutions from the ongoing Decatrip project, a collaboration between Viking Line, Rauma Marine Constructions, the Turku-based Åbo Akademi University and Kempower. Over the course of the project, the parties will gradually reduce their CO2 emissions and work for a 100% carbon-neutral corridor. In the long term, the partnership may be expanded to involve key stakeholders in shipping, including goods owners and freight forwarders.

Image: MoU signing, green corridor Turku-Stockholm (source: Viking Line)

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