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Winter maritime transport in the Baltic to be boosted by EU co-financing

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will support with nearly €30 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies looking at the development of efficient maritime transport in the Baltic Sea during the cold weather season. Part of the initiative, which contributes to the realisation of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept, will be to upgrade the fleet of icebreaking vessels serving the region.


The studies, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme, will develop and adapt the winter navigation system for the benefit of all stakeholders involved in trade and maritime transport in the Baltic Sea area. Three countries will be involved: Sweden, Estonia and Finland – all of which are affected by sea ice during winter.


The studies will analyse how to improve further cooperation between ice breaking authorities and how to better allocate resources. They will also support the acquisition of a new icebreaker with a piloted fuel injection technique in Finland.

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.