The Baltic is not just a sea – it is a bridge between neighbours

Four vessels in the Stockholm archipelago

The Baltic Sea Day places this important body of water firmly in the spotlight. The Baltic Sea is essential for trade and travel, but it is also a fragile ecosystem. This summer has seen the long-awaited restart of vessel services at Ports of Stockholm in the wake of the pandemic. Now the ports in Stockholm and Helsinki are continuing their collaboration on sustainability issues to protect and care for the Baltic Sea, our common resource.

The annual Baltic Sea Day 2021 is celebrated on 26th August. This day highlights the sea that links the countries surrounding the Baltic. Sweden and Finland have a shared history of important trade exchange and there has always been a significant amount of travel between the countries. During the pandemic this maritime bridge was to all extents closed and threatened. Vessel services have slowly and safely restarted this summer and the appreciation of the value of good neighbours has grown while isolated.

“Sweden and Finland have always been bound together by the Baltic Sea. During the pandemic we have missed the Finnish visitors and the opportunity to travel between our countries, and we have worked very hard to keep the important transport flow moving. With the restart of services, a new environmental and climate action plan and good collaboration with our neighbours, our focus is now on the future of the Baltic Sea,” states Mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr.

Ports of Stockholm’s Board of Directors ratified a new climate and environmental action plan this spring, including the goal of zero emissions from shipping within the port area by 2040. A key factor in achieving this goal is good collaboration with the ports on the other side of the Baltic Sea to find efficient and similar solutions jointly with common customers. The Port of Helsinki and Ports of Stockholm are working in a goal-oriented way on tangible issues such as onshore power connection and offloading black and grey water, and taking essential steps to reach the goals set.

“In addition to the vessels being a natural and much appreciated part of the character of the city in Helsinki, services between Stockholm and Helsinki have an important socio-economic function and historical importance. The investments made now and in the future to ensure we reach the climate goals set by the Port of Helsinki will secure the important logistics chain for many years to come,” explains Ville Haapasaari, CEO at Port of Helsinki.

The Port of Helsinki is committed to supporting the carbon dioxide neutral goal of the City of Helsinki. The port’s own goal is for business operations to be carbon dioxide neutral by 2035 at the latest, as well as to significantly reduce the total carbon dioxide emissions within the port area. Vessel services account for 80 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions at the Port of Helsinki. Reduction of emissions is therefore vital to achieving the environmental goals set. Cooperation with the shipping companies and the ports in neighbouring countries is a focus for developing and implementing onshore power connections and other essential measures.

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Read more about how Ports of Stockholm is working with onshore power connections and sewage management

Read more about the Port of Helsinki's responsibilities (external link)

Read more about the Baltic Sea day (external link)

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Ingrid Hansson, Public Relations Manager, Ports of Stockholm
+46(0)70-770 27 47, ingrid.hansson@portsofstockholm.com