EU projects & collaborations

Safeguarding the environment necessitates cross-border efforts to be able to achieve change, whilst development requires cooperation with other stakeholders, exchange of ideas and experience. Ports of Stockholm participates in the following projects and networks.


Intelligent Sea

Ports of Stockholm, together with Port of Naantali and the Finnish company Meritaito, is participating in the joint EU project Intelligent Sea, which runs from 2018 to 2021. The project aims to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime fairways through digitalization. In the project, floating as well as land-based aids to navigation will be equipped with devices for remote monitoring and control as well as environmental sensors.

The fairway data produced by the aids to navigation will be integrated with other fairway and port data by combining several, currently separate, data and control systems into a single digital service cloud. In addition, the project will pilot marine high-speed broadband networks and monitoring of sulphur emissions from maritime transport by utilising aids to navigation, and alternative energy sources for them.

The project has been granted EU funding of maximum EUR 1,5 million from the EU programme Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

NextGen Link

Ports of Stockholm, together with the Port of Turku, City of Turku, the Port of Mariehamn and Viking Line, participate in the joint EU NextGen Link Project that runs 2017-2020. The focus of the project is to upgrade Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm shipping connections with a new LNG vessel and to improve infrastructure at the ports.

Viking Line has ordered a new vessel, which means an increased demand for freight handling and efficiency at the ports. The investment in port infrastructure is intended to meet this demand. For Ports of Stockholm the work involves the installation of a new ITS system (intelligent transport system) for efficient terminal operations and traffic control, as well as the creation of a new area for stacking and transit parking at the Stadsgården Port.

The project har been granted EU funding up to a maximum of EUR 11.8 million from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme within the framework of Motorways of the Seas.

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The Northern ScanMed Ports – Sustainable Maritime Links

Ports of Stockholm, together with Port of Turku, HaminaKotka, Port of Naantali and Viking Line ran an EU-financed project that aimed to develop environmental services in the ports and reduce the environmental impact from the traffic in the so-called Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor between Sweden and Finland.

Ports of Stockholm’s parts in the project were preparations for onshore power supply in Värtahamnen and Kapellskär and detailed designs for waste water management in Nynäshamn. The project was a Motorways of the Seas project within the Connecting Europe Facility and ran 2014-2016. Read more about the project (pdf)

LNG in Baltic Sea Ports

LNG in Baltic Sea Ports was an EU-funded project aimed at investigating the prerequisites for establishing a functional infrastructure for bunkering (refuelling) vessels with liquefied natural gas, otherwise known as LNG. The more stringent sulphur content restrictions for vessel fuels imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) formed the basis for the project. LNG is one alternative to the heavy oils that are not allowed in the Baltic Sea anymore.

Ports of Stockholm was one of seven Baltic Sea ports involved in the project, which ran from 2012 to 2014.

Clean Baltic Sea Shipping

Clean Baltic Sea Shipping was an EU prioritised, strategic project for environmental efforts in the Baltic Sea that was completed in 2013. Ports of Stockholm's responsibilities included a sub-project to investigate the possibilities of charging differentiated port fees based on different indices.

PENTA - an EU project focused on the development of Baltic Sea ferry traffic

PENTA was an EU project that was completed in August 2013. The project objectives were to explore alternatives and develop methods for Baltic Sea ports to be able to meet future challenges and improve competitiveness. Among other things, the project examined how the business climate is changing, how environmental impact can be reduced, how the safety of goods and passengers can be improved and how collaboration between the ports can be increased.


European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

The European Sea Ports Organisation represents all of the ports in EU member countries. ESPO ensures that the ports have a distinct voice within Europe.
Link to ESPO website (external link)

Ports of Sweden

The industry and employers' organisation Ports of Sweden represents the interests of all of the ports in the country.

BPO – Baltic Ports Organization (BPO)

The Baltic Ports Organization represents the interests of ports in the Baltic Sea. The BPO plays an important role, for example when it comes to reaching a consensus on new regulations that exclusively concern the Baltic Sea region.
Link to BPO website (external link)

Agreements with other ports

An important tool in being able to attain stringent environmental targets is to work together with ports from which there are regular sailings to Stockholm. Ports of Stockholm has signed joint initiative agreements with the Port of Helsinki, the Port of Turku and the Port of Tallinn to manage black and grey water and to provide electricity connections for vessels in port, among other things.

IACP/AIVP – International Association of Cities and Ports

The IACP/AIVP is an international network of public and private stakeholders involved in the sustainable development of port cities.
Link to IACP/AIVP website (external link)

IHMA – International Harbour Masters Association

The IHMA has the aim of promoting safe and efficient shipping in ports and related areas. The members of the organisation are mainly harbour masters from all around the world.
Link to IHMA website (external link)

PIANC – International Navigation Association

The PIANC works to support shipping by promoting the planning, design, construction, improvement, upkeep and operation of shipping lanes, ports and coastal areas, among other things.
Link to PIANC website (external link)

Cruise Europe

Cruise Europe is a network for the promotion of cruise ship traffic in Europe.
Link to Cruise Europe website (external link)

Cruise Baltic

Cruise Baltic is a collaboration of Baltic Sea cruise destinations with the objective of providing cruise options with fully integrated port and city operations.
Link to Cruise Baltic website (external link)