Ports make development possible
The Port of Naantali and the Port of Kapellskär are currently investing heavily in enhancing their own functions and services while also considering environmental views. In addition to environmental issues the focus is on logistical integrations and on increasing safety.
Both ports will invest heavily in the infrastructure of the harbour area in the coming years.
“The Port of Kapellskär is one of the most important maritime links for the transport of goods and passengers within Europe. With the planned actions Ports of Stockholm can continue its work of making climate and environmental sustainability an integrated part of its operations,” says Bino Drummond, Deputy Chairman of Kapellskärs Hamn AB.
Onshore power supply will provide vessels operating in the port an alternative source of energy enabling emission-free operations in port.
Automooring at berth ensures faster mooring and more efficient port operations. Customers will see this in quicker cargo handling times as loading and unloading the cargo takes less time. The enhanced functions also reduce the environmental impact and emissions.
“We have calculated that this could decrease the berthing time by up to nine minutes per vessel. In a year that is approximately 52 hours less work in each port,” says Thomas Doepel, COO of Finnlines.
The Port of Kapellskär continues its work of making climate
and environmental sustainability an integrated part of its operations.
Improvements in service
Terminal upgrading will also enhance the operations in port ensuring smooth and safe port operations.
“In the past two to three years we have made considerable investments in the port’s infrastructure and the investments still continue. Besides the cargo traffic, also passenger traffic will increase and this has been taken into account in the investments as well,” says Yrjö Vainiala, Port of Naantali’s COO and Commercial Director.
The actions and investments in both ports aim to improve energy efficiency and eventually reduce emissions. This will greatly benefit all companies operating at the port, including Finnlines.
The highly ecological Superstar ro-pax vessels will start in Finnlines traffic in 2023. Doepel states that “the Superstar vessels are designed to handle cargo as quickly and efficiently as possible and to provide the best possible travel experience. Our cooperation with the ports of Naantali and Kapellskär enables a high-quality and environmentally friendly service to both our cargo and passenger customers.”
Kapellskär and Naantali ports have both applied for EU funding for their investments.
The Port of Naantali is by far the biggest cargo port in the ro-ro traffic between Finland and Sweden.
The port has for its part heavily invested in developing the line traffic between Naantali and Kapellskär.