Baltic Ports will Cooperate on LNG Bunkers

Friday May 9, 2014

The Baltic ports of Stockholm and Tallinn say they will work together to promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering at both ports under a newly signed agreement.

The agreement also includes cooperation in investigating the supply of shore power at the ports and improving management of ship-generated waste, reducing the dumping of wastewater into the Baltic Sea.

"We are proud and happy to present our joint collaboration with the Port of Tallinn," says Johan Castwall, managing director of the Ports of Stockholm.

"Environmental problems are cross-border issues and we are very much looking forward to working together with the Port of Tallinn on these matters."

The ports already participate in international organisations such as the European Seaport Organisation (ESPO) and the Baltic Ports Organisation (BPO) Environmental Committee.

Both ports also have existing cooperative agreements with the Port of Helsinki, and the Ports of Stockholm also works with the Port of Turku.

"Port of Tallinn has been consistently contributing to various environmental initiatives and such extended cooperation with one of the forerunners in the field of sustainable marine development presents us both great potential in working towards cleaner marine environment of the Baltic Sea," said Ain Kaljurand, chairman of the Management Board of the Port of Tallinn.

United European Car Carriers (UECC) recently ordered two pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) that will be able to operate on LNG for use in the Baltic region, which has been widely seen as a likely leader in the adoption of the fuel.