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Helsinki and Tallinn ports, cities and ferry companies collaborate on green projects

Spokespersons from both sides of the Gulf of Finland signed a Green Corridor MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in order to ensure and speed up the establishment of a climate-neutral customer experience and marine green corridor linking Helsinki - Tallinn and Vuosaari - Muuga connections.

This Green Corridor is a shipping route as well as an umbrella for many projects at sea and on land in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia that aim to reduce emissions and promote the adoption of zero or near-zero emission solutions. The goal is to achieve the desired outcomes sooner than the parties have publicly promised.

This MoU was signed by the cities and ports of Helsinki and Tallinn, Rederi AB Eckerö, Tallink Grupp and Viking Line, the Estonian Ministry of Climate, and the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications.

"It is important that the connection between Helsinki and Tallinn is environmentally even more sustainable in the future. More than the mandatory steps need to be taken to ensure that. It is vital that all major players participate in this activity, so this is a day of great importance and a turning point for working together with all partners in favour of climate and nature," stated Valdo Kalm, CEO of Port of Tallinn.

The purpose of this Green Corridor is to speed the transition to a carbon-neutral and sustainable customer experience for both passengers and freight on the Helsinki-Tallinn and Muuga-Vuosaari maritime routes.

This implies that there will be joined roadmaps with founding - and other partners - for shipping firms, cities, and ports to help them achieve zero-emission objectives. Each roadmap will include precise milestones that must be met while keeping priorities and potential financing in mind.

"We look forward to the co-operation this project offers between all parties. I’m convinced that we can find smart and better solutions for tackling the climate change in this area of ours and to ensure the future growth and welfare of two countries," stated Ville Haapasaari, CEO of Port of Helsinki.

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