The Action is built around the piloting equipment of two large, multi-engine RoPax ships with exhaust gas cleaning technologies, in form of wet-scrubbers and the preparation of the corridor for operating next Baltic RoRo/RoPax ship generation. To allow efficient future handling of the modified ferries and to ensure most flexible and smooth port operations, ferry berths in all three ports have to be re-constructed. In Trelleborg also port navigation conditions (breakwaters, water depths) will be adjusted to the dimensions of the converted ships.
The Action further includes installation of shore side electricity in the ports of Travemünde and Trelleborg. Together with the environmental performance upgrades and operational improvement respectively extension of the intermodal terminal capacity in Rostock and Trelleborg, the Action will contribute to a better integration of the upgraded maritime services within multimodal transport chains.
Embedded in the wider development framework, the Action’s port and intermodal terminal works will contribute to the elimination of future transport bottlenecks, the enhancement of modal shift towards combined rail-sea transport solutions and the reduction of road congestion along the Nordic corridor. By the introduction of greenhouse gas and air pollution technologies on the vessels and in the ports a considerable reduction of the external burden to the society is expected: the ports and shipping line will be enabled to meet future environmental requirements.
The Action will deliver technical and environmental benchmarks for other ports and RoRo shipping lines not only in the Baltic, but also elsewhere. Disseminations of the experiences with the green technology will be shared with the industry and society.