Cruise Baltic members increase shore power investments

Cruise Baltic members increase shore power investments

Ports of Stockholm

Ports of Stockholm is ready to invest in shore power to make its operations more sustainable

Members of the Cruise Baltic network continued to invest in sustainability efforts in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with many focusing on progressing their shore power initiatives, according to a new report.

The Cruise Baltic Sustainability Report 2020 shows that Germany’s Port of Rostock constructed a shore power installation in 2020 and will be ready to offer shore power to cruise lines in 2021. Meanwhile, Stockholm in Sweden and Helsinki in Finland are ready to invest in shore power, while Norway’s Port of Oslo has begun working on a pilot project. Danish cities Copenhagen and Aarhus, and Gothenburg in Sweden, have all started exploring the feasibility of building shore power facilities in their ports.

Other sustainability efforts in 2020 included ports developing more environmentally friendly shore excursions, improving port-city infrastructures, and conducting studies into emissions, waste initiatives and electric buses. The Port of Tallinn in Estonia also carried out a project to analyse how it could reduce bus traffic between the port and the city.

“2020 has been a year like no other and the pandemic has influenced the sustainable initiatives taking place at the Cruise Baltic ports and destinations,” said Claus Bødker, director of Cruise Baltic. “Despite a year without many cruises and with an uncertain future in sight, we are pleased that many ports and destinations have continued their efforts and investments in making the region the most sustainable cruise region in the world.”

The sustainability report is the annual follow-up on the objectives set in the organisation’s Sustainability Manifesto, which was published in 2019 to provide Cruise Baltic members with a joint vision for making the region more sustainable and to make cruising a sustainable vacation offer in 2030..

Read the full report here.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
29 April 2021

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