Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Maritime link between Helsinki and Tallinn to benefit from EU funding

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will support with €11.2 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to upgrade the Helsinki West Harbour and the Tallinn Old City Harbour to improve connections between the two European capitals. The project also contributes to the realisation of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept.


The project, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme, aims to establish a long-term sustainable multimodal transport link between the participating ports and their hinterland, linking the “Nordic Triangle railway/road axis (TEN-T Priority Project 12) in Finland with the "Rail Baltica axis: Warsaw-Kaunas-Riga-Tallinn-Helsinki" (TEN-T Priority Project 27).


The project will support significant infrastructure improvements in the Helsinki West Harbour, including better access and the extensive use of innovative technologies. In parallel, traffic solutions for A, B and D terminals in the Tallinn Old City Harbour will also be developed to smoothen traffic flows. Finally, a study on the Tallinn-Helsinki corridor Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) traffic scenarios will also be conducted.


The project will be monitored by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) and is set to be completed by December 2015.