Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Greener Motorways of the Sea links supported by the EU through a TEN-T grant

Creation date: April 10, 2012

The European Union will support with almost €20 million from its TEN-T Programme a key project aimed at reducing the environmental impact of navigation between ports in Germany and Sweden. The project will support the installation of exhaust gas cleaning technologies on two vessels operating in the participating ports, as well as implementing further actions benefiting the environment.


The "Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor" project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, brings together three ports in the Baltic Sea: Trelleborg in Sweden and Lübeck and Rostock in Germany. The scope of this EU co-financed action is to make ferry services in the area more environmentally performant, adapt the infrastructure of the ports and also shift traffic away from road network.


The project will support the installation of exhaust gas cleaning technologies (scrubbers and catalyst) on two ships operating from the participating ports. The ships will consequently have to be lengthened and the port infrastructure (berths) will also have to be adapted.


Additionally, the project will also support the installation of an onshore electrical power supply (OPS) network in Trelleborg and Lübeck, to allow ships at berth to draw their power needs directly from the grid rather than their auxiliary engines.


The project, which will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, contributes to the realisation of TEN-T Priority Project 21 (Motorways of the Sea) and is set to be completed by the end of 2014.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



Press Release in German -  .doc (39 KB)


Press Release in Swedish -  .doc (38.5 KB)