In fact, shore power can be used by the vessels operating the Estonian-Swedish as well as Estonian-Finnish routes.

According to the company, Port of Tallinn installed the latest ABB shore power systems on five of its piers in Old City Harbour, total investment amounting to 3.5 million euros, which enables the vessels to reduce emissions and noise pollution by using the shore power during port stays and cut ships‘ fuel consumption.

The transition to shore power is the only possible way - both air pollution and noise will decrease, meaning the city will become even more cleaner and quieter. The Port of Tallinn is firmly on its way to being the greenest port in Europe and this step supports the pursuit of City of Tallinn for the title of the European Green Capital in 2022.

...the mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart said.

Following the situation, from now on, after mooring, the ship's engines will be switched off and the vessel will be connected to the shore power supply. The ship's energy load shall be transferred to the shore-side power supply without interfering with the services provided onboard.

I am glad that as of today our ships can use shore power already in two of our Baltic Sea home ports and we have jointly created the green bridge of shore power between Tallinn and Stockholm, where our ships have been using this solution for almost a year now.

...Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said.

For the records, the technical solution of shore power enables to connect the ship to the terrestrial network at a voltage of 11 kilovolts. To ensure safety, duplicate control mechanisms are in place to ensure that the high voltage is switched off in all emergency situations.

The connection of the vessel to the shore network is controlled by the vessel crew with a remote control. The ship's power system operates without interruption in transition to shore power as well as when switching over to generator power.