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The Port of Turku has prepared for preventing the spreading of the coronavirus. The Port follows the instructions of various authorities and those of the City of Turku. In order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading the following measures are in effect until further notice.

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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). By the end of 2021, both of the company’s ships operating the route will be fuelled by LNG, as the new Viking Glory will start operations alongside Viking Grace. In addition, Viking Grace is equipped with a rotor sail that decreases the fuel consumption and emissions. 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.

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Markku Alahäme

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+358 50 5533 109