Vessel traffic contributes to environmental protection

The shipping companies operating in the Port of Turku have contributed a great deal to the decrease of the carbon footprint. The emissions into air by vessel traffic have decreased considerably thanks to the EU’s Sulphur Directive that entered into force in 2015. The reduction of air emissions is also due to Viking Line’s introduction to the Turku – Stockholm route of Viking Grace, which is fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). As of March 2022, both of the company’s vessels on the route runs on LNG fuel when the new Viking Glory began operating alongside Viking Grace. The low-sulphur fuel, catalysers and new engine types used by Tallink Silja also had a positive effect.

The development of vessel types affects the well-being of the environment. New stock of vessels generates less greenhouse gas emissions.

The shape of vessels makes a difference

The protection of the maritime environment is also taken into account in the design of the newest vessels. The hull shapes of the vessels are hydro-dynamically optimised to minimise wave formation. In the archipelago between Turku and Stockholm, it prevents erosion and decreases the impacts of vessel traffic on the sensitive archipelago environment.

To reduce the impacts of vessel traffic on waterways, the Port of Turku offers passenger vessels as well as cruise liners and cargo ships an opportunity to empty their wastewater in the port.


Markku Alahäme

Technical Director

+358 50 5533 109