Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2024

89 reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions, and not only in recent years, when it has become more topical,” says Nõgene. “In the last seven years, Tallink Grupp has invested more than €550 million ($598.8 million) into green shipping initiatives.” A significant slice of that investment has gone towards enabling the brand’s ships to connect to shore power facilities in port. “The key achievements in 2023 in this area include now having shore power available and in use by all company ships in regular traffic during longer port stays in Tallinn, Helsinki, Turku and Stockholm ports,” says Nõgene. “We continue to look for solutions to reduce emissions, so most of our investments will be directed towards this from a technical point of view.” Another development is the addition of a second LNG vessel to the company’s busiest route between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland, thus effectively creating a ‘green bridge’ between the two Nordic capitals. In addition to these measures, Tallink has introduced automooring systems in Helsinki port (this type of system is already in use in Tallinn Port), and carried out pilot reblading of Baltic Queen’s propellers. The company has also joined ABB’s Energy Efficiency Movement and conducted technical upgrades on Baltic Queen and other ships in its fleet. “We are also implementing many other smaller technological solutions and advances aimed at increasing energy efficiencies, reducing fuel consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Nõgene. Tallink’s newest ferry MyStar operates on LNG fuel, which has helped the operator to reduce greenhouse gas emissions