Ports of Stockholm announced that it has received the green light for EU grant funding application for onshore power pilot studies.
The Swedish government approved Ports of Stockholm’s request to submit a joint application, together with eight other Baltic Sea ports, for a grant from the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), according to a press release.
“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. This will result in a greater ability to meet our own and EU environmental goals,” said Clara Lindblom, chair of the board of Ports of Stockholm.
The goal is to improve the electrical supply infrastructure by expanding the onshore power connections at Ports of Stockholm to ensure the development of more sustainable shipping with low emissions of air pollutants.
The joint EU grant application has the title Baltic Ports for Climate and is being submitted together with the ports in Aarhus, Klaipeda, Ventspils, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn, Gdynia and Hamburg. The initiative for the grant was taken by the Baltic Ports Organisation, an organization that Ports of Stockholm has been a member of since the beginning of the 1990s.
Ports of Stockholm’s participation will involve different pilot studies relating to the expansion of onshore power connections for cruise ships at the Värtahamnen/Frihamnen ports and for ferry connections at the city center Stadsgården quays. Ports of Stockholm will also be the project coordinator.
The application will be submitted to the EU in the middle of January and if everything goes well, the project may be set to start in July 2023.