Newbuilding with Finnish-Swedish EU project
A special priority of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which strives to promote green, robust, attractive and efficient maritime traffic links integrated throughout the transport chain, is Motorways of the Sea (MoS). MoS are the maritime pillar of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
Viking Line, together with the Port of Turku, the Ports of Stockholm and the Port of Mariehamn, has been granted EU funding from CEF for their collaborative NextGen Link project. The project entails an upgrade of maritime transport links between Turku, Mariehamn and Stockholm with a new vessel that runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as infrastructure improvements in the ports. The project is in line with the EU’s TEN-T priorities since it contributes to increased use of more sustainable vessel fuel and thus reduced emissions while also improving logistics in the link between Turku and Stockholm and making them more efficient.
The Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm link is located in the so-called Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor, a transport corridor identified by the EU as being a special priority under the framework for TEN-T. The EU project, which is led by the Port of Turku, will run from 2017 to 2020. Funding for the collaborative NextGen Link project will be a maximum of 12.7 million euros.