Projects

The Port has representatives, for example, in the European Sea Ports Organisation ESPO’s Intermodal, Logistics & Industry Committee, and the traffic corridor working group set by the EU Commission. The Port of Turku is an active party in many projects aimed at the development of maritime traffic. Presentations on the key projects can be viewed here.

HAZARD project (2016–2019)

The ability of the players in the Baltic Sea region to prepare for accidents is aimed to be im-proved by standardising the safety practices of the emergency services and ports in the area. Managed by the University of Turku, the project received funding from the EU’s Baltic Sea programme for the years 2016–2019.
The project involves 15 partners from six Baltic Sea countries.

 

 

The key goals of the project:

  • Develop the safety practices of the ports and facilitate working with the continuously changing and amended safety regulations and requirements
  • Improve the awareness of the players in the Baltic Sea region about each other’s practices and increase the contacts between the players in the area
  • Promote the use of risk management methods and speed up the introduction of new technologies.

Port of Turku’s role in the project:

  • Participating in the emergency rehearsals to be arranged within the project
  • Expanding the access control system to the Pansio area currently under construction.

Further information:
blogit.utu.fi/hazard

NextGen Link project (7 February 2017 – 31 December 2020)

The project will update the existing sea connection between the ports of Turku, Mariehamn and Stockholm. The updating of the sea route includes a new passenger and car ferry (ro-pax), additional environmental investments and port investments to meet the needs of a new larger vessel and the growing cargo and passenger volume.
The project partners are the Port of Turku, City of Turku, Viking Line and the Port of Mariehamn from Finland, and the Port of Stockholm from Sweden. The project has received CEF funding from EU.

Projects – Port of Turku - CEF

The key goals of the project:

  • Improve the sustainability and environmental soundness of maritime traffic
  • Enhance the movement of passengers and cargo between Finland and Sweden
  • Promote the demand for alternative fuels in the Baltic Sea region.

Port of Turku’s role in the project:

  • Act as the co-ordinator of the project
  • Develop the port area logistics regarding traffic arrangements and vehicle measurement system
  • Automate the mooring and unmooring of the ship.

 

DigiPort (1.10.2017–30.9.2019)

Project which aims at renewing the business opportunities of ports through digitalisation and open data and finding new ways for ports to utilise the digital transition in their business operations. The project acts as a pioneer for the digitalisation of ports and at the same time aims at long-term development co-operation with universities. The aim of the project is to bring by an example of port authorities understanding of digitality and to attract interest and commitment to the digital business opportunities of other logistics players.

The key goals of the project:

  • With digitalisation, ports are becoming more and more active in the European core network corridor, affecting bottlenecks in transport hubs, improving cross-border connections and promoting the interoperability of freight transport integration.
  • The project analyzes the current state of the systems in use and identifies the most critical operational processes in which the identified challenges can be resolved by digitizing.
  • The aim is to develop port know-how, capability, specialization and outward orientation to meet the need for future competitiveness and renewal.

Port of Turku’s role in the project:

  • Member of the steering group
  • Co-financier
Neptunes (2017–2018)

Project NEPTUNES aims to mitigate the noise pollution from seagoing vessels at berth by developing a universal measurement protocol, guidelines for noise labelling of vessels and a best practice guide for noise hindrance reduction measures. The project involves ports from Europe, Canada and Australia. There is no external funding (such as the EU) for the implementation of the project, but ports will entirely finance the project itself.

The key goals of the project:

  •  a better understanding of the noise problems caused by vessels
  •  the bearing of different types of vessels and noise sources for noise
  •  a better understanding of noise measurement and evaluation
  • dealing with problems related to legislation and regulations
  • means for noise reduction (best practices)

Port of Turku’s role in the project:

  • member of the steering group
  • co-financier

Further information:
www.neptunes.pro